EPISODE FOUR: LOCATION – KARRATHA | PROJECT – PILBARA VERNACULAR HOUSE:
The Pilbara Vernacular House is a showcase project led by the WA Government developer Landcorp that aims to inspire considered approaches to climate and socially responsive design in the region.
Designed by Perth based architects Gresley Abbas and built by Eaton Building, the Pilbara Vernacular House is located in Madigan Estate, Karratha. The 8 Star NatHERS rated home incorporates a range of innovative design features, flexible living spaces and technologies for improved comfort, liveability and environmental performance.
It's an unconventional, yet highly practical house comprised of a protected, enclosed air-conditioned internal living area surrounded by sheltered external living spaces. Deep eaves shield windows and walls from heat gain, and breezeways allow air flow around the house to promote air circulation and comfort. 'Wind scoops' and 'wind blades' help to capture and direct cooling breezes into the building.