ReGeneration House

Alexander Symes Architect

Re-Generation house is a collaboration between ASA, Second Edition & artist Jane Theau. The home explores and celebrates the Re-Generation of the Australian Bush decimated in the 2020 bushfires, creates a home for future Generations, and embraces the circular economy by ReGenerating pre-existing materials. The home is sited on Yuin Country in a sleepy coastal hamlet town on the NSW south coast. The clients love the quiet of the town and its humble cottages on lawn clearings surrounded by bush.

A low-impact intervention to the site, Re-Generation House retains the site’s existing cottage and provides an additional gabled pavilion, intentionally small in both scale and environmental impact.

The existing discrete cottage had two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, deck, lounge room and laundry. The brief was to be able to host the clients, their four children and future generations. The existing dwelling was kept intact except for a renovation of the bathroom and moving the laundry into the new services and storage room. The project’s aim was to explore how to provide the most amenity with the least environmental and physical impact.

The dwelling is all-electric and provisions for future incorporation of EV chargers, batteries, PV and water tanks have been incorporated into the design.

Photography by Barton Taylor