Shane Plazibat Architects designed the Fig Tree Pocket House 2 in Brisbane, Australia. The house is organised into 2 zones in section, carport, arrival and sleeping upstairs and living, pool and courtyard downstairs. An internal 2 storey linear bamboo garden traversing the length of the house along the east-west axis creates a reference point within the plan. The garden also allows for the creation of 1 room deep planning on both levels to enhance cross ventilation and access to daylight.
The house is anchored into the slope of the land in section. This practice of using earth against building walls for external thermal mass helps reduce heat loss in winter and maintains a steady cool indoor air temperature to the lower level during summer. This design feature reduces the need for extra mechanical cooling or heating. The cutting in of the house into the slope also contributes to the landscape nature of the dwelling.
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