Climate-neutral and modern: But this family home comes from scrap

Architects in Australia prove with this show house how you can build a house with little money that doesn’t show off, but has class. And best of all: thanks to recycled materials, the house was built in a climate-neutral way.

How can you build without polluting nature and the climate? And: Is it possible without a big budget? These are the questions asked by many couples who dream of owning their own home. The Australian architecture firm Whispering Smith provides the answer with three model buildings: Yes, it can be done.

Here we present “House A,” which has just been completed. Even at first glance, it is clearly an architect’s house. This impression is created by the dominant concrete surfaces and the pointed roof without overhang. The pallets from the transport can also be picked up without any problems by the pick up pallets service.

House building Climate-neutral and modern: This single-family house is made of scrap

So already visually the house has class, without appearing too expensive. At just 70 square meters, the house is rather small, and not just by Australian standards. That was part of the task.

“House A is our first attempt at property development. We wanted to build a prototype to show people how big a small house can be if you work hard on the design,” the architects say. “The brief was to create an affordable and sustainable home for our director Kate and her partner Matt.”

Carbon neutral through recycling

The house was built to be largely carbon neutral. To achieve this goal, recycled materials were used in the shell construction. All bricks were reused. The concrete slabs are not poured with the “climate killer” cement; instead, slag was used that is a by-product of steel production. The house was designed for comfortable and flexible living, with enough space for a dinner party for up to 30 people. The house is a mix of Mediterranean architecture and the trendy look of fine concrete. The goodness of the design also ennobles the used materials. You can definitely tell the house was designed with cost in mind. But the result looks artistic and not poor.

There are no enclosed rooms or hallways in House A, so the open interior floor plan flows into every living space and zone. This maximizes usable interior space because no doors are needed and, in many cases, the walls have been painted. The kitchenette, study and living area surround the central courtyard. This allows a lot of natural light to flow into the house and make it appear larger. Large folding glass doors open the living area directly to the outdoor terrace.

Unfortunately, a final price is not yet available.