Life Cycle: Inside Coburg’s Eco-Friendly House Conversion

Discover “Life Cycle,” a visionary house extension in Coburg, Australia, meticulously crafted by Steffen Welsch Architects in 2023. This design transcends traditional architecture, integrating a passive solar design with dynamic living spaces. Each area of the home, from the winter garden to the netted void for thermal regulation, is tailored to enhance thermal comfort, light, and acoustics, reflecting a commitment to both aesthetic elegance and environmental sensitivity.

A modern home with wooden framing, large windows, and a covered porch. The exterior features a mix of natural materials and a minimalist design.
Spacious, sun-filled open-concept interior with wood beams, slate floors, and built-in cabinetry.
A modern kitchen with wooden beams, cabinets, and blue tile backsplash. Sleek appliances and natural stone flooring.
Bright, modern interior with wooden staircase, plush gray sofa, and large windows overlooking greenery.
Cozy living room with wooden shelving unit, potted plant, and layered furniture.
Elegant wooden staircase and built-in cabinetry in a modern, light-filled interior.
Cozy workspace with wooden accents, large windows, and lush greenery outside.
Spacious modern bedroom with wooden ceiling beams, large windows, and minimalist furniture.
A modern bathroom with a minimalist design, featuring a large window, a pink-tiled tub, and wood accents.
A modern, minimalist home office with large windows overlooking lush greenery.
Rustic modern home with wooden and metal accents, lush greenery, and a person reading on the porch.
A modern, wooden home with a striking roofline, large windows, and a paved outdoor area.

About Life Cycle

Introduction to Life Cycle

“Life Cycle” in Coburg, Australia, personifies a modern twist to the traditional weatherboard house. The extension, completed by Steffen Welsch Architects in 2023, introduces a multi-functional environment through an elegantly formulated plan. It supports daily activities while fostering a connection with the tranquil, family-oriented neighborhood.

Design and Functionality

The project’s layout promotes both communal interaction and personal retreat. In the original house structure, spaces are distinctly allocated for a home office and parental facilities, while communal areas like the living room and kitchen find their place in the new rear extension. The children’s quarters occupy the upper level, ensuring privacy and tranquility away from the house’s social hub. The design focuses on passive solar principles with key features such as internal thermal buffers and strategically placed windows enhancing light and airflow.

Innovative Environmental Features

Innovative elements include a winter garden acting as a thermal buffer and a fishpond that influences air circulation, contributing to the home’s natural cooling system. Elevated planters not just beautify the space but engage practically by easing access to herbs and helping in thermal regulation. The attention to biodiversity is manifest in the collaboration with landscape designer Jo Henry, who sculpted a garden that compliments local flora and fauna, enriching local biodiversity.

Material Use and Aesthetic Appeal

Articulated timber structures and elevated planters nod to Coburg’s architectural ethos while integrating modern design elements. This blend of new with the old pays homage to the existing urban texture, enriching it gracefully. The materials used echo a palette that complements the lush, natural surroundings, thereby blending the indoors with the outdoors seamlessly.

Ultimately, “Life Cycle” is more than just an architectural project; it is a harmonious blend of functionality, environmental mindfulness, and aesthetic coherence, making it a cornerstone of modern suburban living in Coburg.

Photography courtesy of Steffen Welsch Architects
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- by Matt Watts