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Eco-Friendly Living Art: Northcote House

by Rong Zhang 21 Jun 2024

Sustainability and innovation serve as the twin engines propelling the construction industry forward. At LLDS Architecture & Design Studio, their latest venture, Northcote House, exemplifies this fusion. Rooted in a research-based design approach and equipped with an integrated CNC workshop, they have masterfully merged these key elements. This 80 SQM Melbourne residence artfully balances contemporary and traditional design elements and establishes a pioneering standard in material usage and construction methods.

Northcote House's building materials are mostly sourced from manufacturers within a 5km radius of the project site, which not only reduces carbon emissions during transportation, but also supports the local economy. The interior joinery, kitchen and textured finishes are all equipped with CNC milling and robotics, which not only improve the accuracy of construction, but also give the building an extraordinary craftsmanship texture.

LLDS reinterprets the Victorian terrace house through a modern lens. Northcote House is located on a narrow urban infill plot that was once an underused parking lot. Despite the limited space, LLDS made clever use of space, planning the first floor as a library and two bedrooms, and placing a green roof on top to achieve a harmonious unity of indoor and outdoor Spaces.

The interior layout is centered around a central void that allows natural light to penetrate throughout the building, creating a vibrant living environment. The wooden staircase, located just above the light shaft, not only serves as a passageway connecting the floors, but also serves as the visual focal point of the interior with its expressive design. The dark green interiors complement the brass details, while the addition of concrete walls adds a touch of industrial aesthetic to the space.

Northcote House also reflects a deep consideration of the environment in the selection of materials. Internal staircases, galvanized steel lattice, joinery and bathroom compartments are all removable for future reassembly and restoration. Interior finishes such as kangaroo and deerskin are sourced from local agricultural by-products, and the use of FSC-certified plywood and Victorian ash further demonstrates the project's commitment to sustainability.

Passive design elements, such as interior concrete texturing, were used to improve thermal efficiency and reduce reliance on air conditioning. Despite concrete's higher implied energy, its durability and thermal mass make it an ideal choice to help reduce operating costs and carbon footprint.

LLDS not only shows a sense of responsibility in the procurement of materials, but also shows support for the community in the cooperation with local businessmen. The project underwent a comprehensive full life cycle assessment with a carbon dioxide equivalent of only 600 kg per square metre based on the Green Star Life Cycle Assessment, passed NatHERS '7-star rating review and achieved a high score of 79% in BESS.

Northcote House is a bold exploration of architectural design by LLDS, which not only demonstrates the application of innovative technology in the field of architecture, but also sets new standards in terms of sustainability and environmental protection. This project will undoubtedly become a source of inspiration for future architectural design, leading the industry to a greener and smarter direction.

Embracing the ethos of Eco-Friendly Living Art, Northcote House by LLDS Architecture & Design Studio is a beacon of sustainable innovation. This 80 SQM Melbourne gem doesn't just integrate smart design and local craftsmanship; it extends an invitation to a lifestyle that honors the environment. Imagine the serenity of sinking into a Modena Delicate Floral Print Pillow Cover from domvitus, an accessory that mirrors the residence's commitment to elegance and sustainability. Our pillow cover, with its delicate floral patterns, is not just an accent to your home but a statement of your eco-conscious taste. As you bask in the natural light filtering through Northcote House's central void, let the soft embrace of domvitus's pillow cover enhance your experience of a living space that respects both your comfort and the planet's health. Together, we create a sanctuary that is as beautiful as it is responsible.

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