The green house: inside joost bakker’s sustainable bushfire-proof daylesford home

The green house: inside joost bakker’s sustainable bushfire-proof daylesford home

10 March 2017

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Australia —  Joost Bakker, is a creative with a sustainable-focus, who’s designed designed everything from installations to floral displays and homewares, but the project he’s most know for his fire-resistant houses that can withstand a CSIRO test in temperatures over 1000ºC — meaning they’re bushfire proof.

The Green House, is one of the sustainability-guru’s signature home designs. The second version of a house Bakker created back in 2007 in Monbulk. The first Green House was erected in Melbourne’s Federation Square in 2008, and he owns the third iteration.

Located on a three-hectare Daylesford site, the property has been listed for expressions of interest.

Bakker designed the three-bedroom home, which uses passive-solar principles to minimise the use of power and water, Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Water Co founder Mitch Watson.

It comes complete with one of the designer’s trademark green roofs and is built on sustainable principles, and operates as a closed loop system.

Inside, the solar-powered pad is bathed in natural light and follows a mostly open-plan layout.

The kitchen looks over the lounge and dining room which is divided by a dual-opening Cheminees Philippe open fireplace.

Watson’s love of modern art is evident throughout the home. Unfortunately, he’s likely to take this David Bromley work above the bed with him to his next home.

Solar hot water is found in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry.

In 2015, Bakker spoke with The Australian about his sustainable projects and vision for a more sustainable future, saying that he “hope[s] and dream[s] that the houses of the future will have green roofs so that in 20 to 30 or 40 years’ time you will fly into Melbourne and you’ll see this green mass of trees and vegetation and bee hives and birds.”

Over 100 trees bear fruit and vegetables on the property, including apricots, olives, pears, almond, peaches and five varieties of plum.

The building is constructed with recycled brick gabion walls which house straw bale insulation.

The listing suggests this highly-engineered family home could be converted into a winery or market garden.

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