House tour: Welcome to the Jungle House

The Welcome to the Jungle House By CplusC Architectural Workshop is an amazing carbon-positive inner-city abode. The three-storey home was inspired by a vision of fulfilling a family’s lifestyle, ethical and emotional needs whilst educating the public on how sustainable design and building practices can be adopted symbiotically. Shorted listed for New House under 200m2 at the 2020 House Awards and winner of the 2019 National Sustainability Awards for both New House and Intelligent Building, the award-winning home features both innovative architecture and sustainable living practices.

Jungle House CplusC Architectural Workshop, photography Murray Fredericks

Built within a rejuvenated heritage façade of rendered masonry, steel, timber and greenery, the Welcome to the Jungle House is situated in an inner-city heritage conservation area typified by late Victorian row terrace housing and post-industrial warehouse conversions.

The original rendered masonry façade had cultural and streetscape significance to the local heritage conservation area and its reconstruction was managed under strict heritage controls. Original window openings have been framed in pre-rusted steel and new openings are framed in gloss white powder coat steel.

Breezes pass over the foliage into the Bedrooms and Living spaces, providing a natural evaporative cooling effect and alleviating the need for air conditioning. A thermal slab to the Ground Floor also ensures the house stays cool throughout hot summer days and nights.

The shared children’s bedroom has bespoke joinery, bunk beds, plenty of natural light and view of a fish pond that supplies nutrient rich water to the rooftop planter beds.

The ground floor features a home office and play space, which can be converted into guest accommodations.

The rooftop is constructed of steel planter beds which provide deep soil for native plants and fruit and vegetables.

The spacious kitchen providing abundant space for cooking and communal meals with friends and family. The interiors feature a combination of raw and industrial textures like concrete, polished and unpolished metals, and recycled timber.

Hidden on the rooftop garden, a 1600w 7 blade sealed wind turbine produces free and renewable power to the house.

Black photovoltaic panels harness sunlight throughout the day. The 4.2kW solar system installed on the northern facade as well as a 9.8kW battery storage system in the garage, reduces grid-energy consumption to almost zero.

Photography Murray Fredericks

Celebrating beautiful bath design

Gone are the days of the bath being an afterthought in bathroom design. Now they are the star of the show, featured in all shapes, sizes, colours and finishes.

If a new bath is on your renovation hit list, here is some design inspiration to get those ideas bubbling.

Designed as a wet room, the ceiling tiles make you feel like you are in an underwater bubble and make a unique and modern style statement. Keeping the hexagonal tiles to one area also helps to visually separate the wet area from the rest of the bathroom.

The right bath can transform your bathroom into a wellness retreat. Add some Epsom salts to the bath and a few drops of your favourite essential oils and you’ve created your own health spa.

Placing a bath on a raised platform helps to make the focal point of a bathroom, the vertical garden also transforms the space into an oasis.

Natural lighting, a room with a view and simple styling help create the perfect space bathing and a beautifully sophisticated space.

When space is limited it’s the details that count. Intricate tiles, statement windows and interesting tapware make this a sophisticated bathroom despite the lack of space.

Who said a bath tub has to be white? Previously bath options were limited to porcelain, steel or acrylic, but now the choice has spread far and wide including stone composites, resin and concrete. The new materials also allow for new designs as many of the materials are moulded which means it’s easier to create a variety of shapes.

A round bath tub is always fun to share. While they need a lot of room and hold more water than your average bath, they certainly make an impressive design statement.