On the doorstep of this charming two-bedroom home – christened ‘Moon Dance Cottage’ – sits 2,000 acres of rolling plains, tall eucalypts, and unspoilt rivers – all beneath a breathtaking curtain of sky. Situated in the Tarlo National Park, NSW, just a hop, skip and jump from the thriving town of Goulburn, the dwelling is a testament to the potential of great design, sustainable materials, and a desire to meld with the surrounding environment.
According to the architect, Simon Croker of SC Design Solutions, the brief was to design a sustainable home using the latest technologies available. However, its remoteness, the fact that it was to function without mains power, and the region’s weather extremes presented a number of challenges.
To overcome these challenges, the home now combines locally sourced stone, beautiful recycled grey ironbark timber, spotted gum, custom galvanised sheeting, and a host of environmentally sympathetic technologies, such as Photovoltaic Solar Systems and LPG Gas.
In conjunction with the builder, Simon Croker put together a talented and dedicated team to address the clients’ exacting requirements. As a result of their commitment and expertise, Moon Dance Cottage was overall winner of NSW’s ‘Environmentally Sustainable Buildings’ Award at the Building Designers Australia Design Excellence Awards. The design also topped the ‘New Residential Buildings up to 250sqm’ category.
To meet the specified energy rating, windows and doors from the AWS ThermalHEART™ range were used. The fabricating team at Millennium Windows, working closely with the builder and architect, recommended Series 726 Awning Windows with Electric Winders, Series 729 Hinged Doors, and Series 731 Sliding Doors with Centor Screens.
ThermalHEART™ window and door systems are thermally broken to deliver improved energy efficiency, and minimise the transfer of heat and cold through the aluminium window frame. In fact, they’re up to 51% more thermally efficient than standard non-thermally broken aluminium commercial framing.
Moon Dance Cottage is now an idyllic getaway for its Sydney-based owners, as well as a perfect example of how big ideas don’t have to mean big environmental footprints.