National design award for Culburra Beach house

A CULBURRA Beach home has won a National Building Designers Australia award in Hobart.

Kirstie Wulf, from Shelter Building Design, won the award for new residential buildings up to 250m2 and under $2,000/m2, for the house she designed and built at Culburra Beach.

Natural materials, including hempcrete walls, plywood ceilings and sheep’s wool insulation were used in the home.

Ms Wulf, who was commended in the student design section last year, was extremely proud of the award  which is an acknowledgement of her creative talent and design skills.

“It shows Shelter Building Design can make the most of a difficult site, transforming it into an outstanding home,” she said.

The design consists three intersecting pavilions surrounded by connecting decks, drawing influences from traditional Japanese architecture and reinterpreting them in a modern beach home.

The placement of the pavilions creates interesting views of the house, from both inside and out, as well as private outdoor spaces on the battle axe block.

Raked ceilings and high level windows to the north, fill the house with light, making it feel spacious despite its small footprint.

“The house does not require any mechanical heating or cooling, because it uses a good solar passive design which allows sunlight into the house during winter and excludes it during summer,” she said.

“The hempcrete walls provide good insulation and the polished concrete floors regulate the indoor temperature.

“The house is comfortable all year round due to the windows design creating even lighting and capturing cool summer breezes.”