LATEST ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS/ from Adelaide Architect, Warwick O' Brien

Excellence in building

Craigburn Farm SA 5051
Completed: January 2005
Cost range: $1.8 – $2.1 million

The Winn residence, a successful nomination in the category of “Excellence in building” in the Year of the built Environment 2004 Exemplars National Awards Program, is a multi-level building, set on a sloping site facing a linear park in the housing estate of Blackwood Park.
This project represents a comprehensive approach to sustainability. It combines passive and active design elements that are brought together under an extensive C-Bus building management system.
Active systems include subsidence towers, slar flue, geo-thermal in slab heating and cooling, solar hot water generation for pool and house reticulation, grid connected photo-voltaic power generation and purpose designed in-wall evaporative cooling units.
All climatic and shading conditions, as well as embodied energy of materials have been simulated by  computer modeling program and the resultant electronic control programs developed allow the building to be continuously monitored.
The design has taken into account the human factors side of sustainability by incorporating Feng Sui principles and an extensive application of Alexander's “Pattern language” criteria for harmonious living.



North orientation for all rooms
Extensive sunshading devices
Wide eaves and overhangs
Selected planting for sunshading
Low emissivity glass to all windows
High thermal mass in internal walls and floor
Extensive insulation in walls and ceilings 
44,000 litres of rainwater harvesting
Extensive natural ventilation capability
Native drought tolerant garden 
Organic fruit and vegetable garden
Solar pool blanket
Multiple protection of window openings
Multiple courtyards as extensions to living space
solar flue
subsidence towers 
geo-thermal in slab heating and cooling 
solar hot water generation for hose and pool
photo-voltaic array – grid connected


Rapidwall – fibreglass reinforced plaster panels
Metal decking
Concrete finished with direct stick timber and natural stone
Hardwood clear finished timber frames with low emissivity glass