The project explores the dialogue between life and work by examining a project for a home and office on the same site. The design posited new spatial and material typologies, and researched green materials and technologies suited to the self-builder. Recycled materials (straw bales and waste crushed concrete) were innovations and their performance has been monitored. The buildings set out tocompare a lightweight structure with a structure containing a reasonable amount of thermal mass. Additional innovations include a roof meadow, rainwater recycling, a composting toilet and natural ventilation through a vent stack tower.
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