An environmentally-aware architect and his wife and designed and built their own bush home to echo its setting in the Adelaide Hills. Jason Pruszinksi of Woodhead International chose to use large amounts of steel to create the home’s distinctive design.

“The design was inspired entirely by the individual location and the site’s unique influences,” Pruszinksi says. “The house actively responds and engages with its environment and context, providing a highly liveable home that is unique to the Australian environment.”

The home sits comfortably in the native bushland through the use of both roofing and wall cladding made from Zincalume steel. Developed by BHP Steel, Zincalume steel offers a lightweight, strong and durable cladding solution that specifically suits Australian conditions.

Pruszinski believes that the use of steel cladding is becoming increasingly popular as homebuyers and builders become more and more informed about environmental design issues and passive solar design.

“In many cases, lightweight clad, insulated walling and roofing perform far better and provide a more responsive solution to Australia’s environment than heavyweight traditional alternatives,” he says. “Steel is a convincing option for lightweight walling and roofing.”

The home features two distinct zones - a ‘private’ zone and a ‘public’ zone, suspended within the tree canopy, that houses living and dining areas. A balcony runs the full length of the house while underneath sits a garage and 22 kilolitre rainwater tank made from Aquaplate steel. Structural steel beams and custom-made furniture using pressed steel sections complete the look and feel of this steel oasis.

Source: Building Products News.