Gladesville House, an eco-friendly sustainable building
LZF were certainly very proud to be specified down under, in this stunning eco-house located in the leafy harbour side suburb of Gladesville, Sydney Australia. So proud in fact that a couple of the Lzf team decided to adopt the Aussie affectation of wearing thongs and T-shirts around the office, and saying ‘mate’ a lot.
But just what was it about Lzf wood veneer lamps that Australians find so appealing that they would be prepared to transport them 13,000 miles from where they are handmade in Spain, to appear in a private home on the other side of the globe?
Perhaps it is the similar effect Lzf lamps create to that of light reaching the floor of an Australian Eucalyptus forest. Or perhaps it is the Australian sub conscience attraction to open spaces and simplicity which draws them to the aesthetic qualities of Lzf lamps. We may never know. In any case, on occasion, time is better spent not pondering why, but rather why not? Lzf lamps in any environment are an assertion of life, form and light.
Gladesville House architects Your Abode obviously thought so too. They and their clients chose an LZF Saturnia for over the dining table, an I-Club above the kitchen bench, and Semi Geas for their walls to illuminate the walls near the stairs (all in cherry wood).
Lzf natural wood veneers are a subtle aesthetic link to the tall mature gums that grow around the home, providing essential summer shade.
It is fabulous to be part of a project that has been so considerate to the environment. The overall footprint of the existing home was retained to avoid losing any of the precious trees. A sustainable design sees two linked pavilions: a single storey living pavilion to the east containing the kitchen and dining area, and a two-storey sleeping pavilion and living room to the west.
The home’s northern aspect and passive solar performance was maximised, and cross-flow ventilation provided by the carefully considered placement of windows and doors.
Reverse direction ceiling fans cool in summer and distribute warmth in winter, and hot water is provided by a evacuated tube solar system. A 3kW photo voltaic system makes a substantial contribution to reducing the reliance on power from the grid. All household potable water is supplied from 24,000 litres of water storage, making the house self-sufficient for water.
LZF’s lamps contributed in no small part to the overall green rating of the home. Their veneers are FSC certified and use no toxic adhesives or coatings. Plus they are al T5 energy efficient.
All in all, what a great result…what do you reckon mate?
Architects: Your Abode