The initial design was by Craig Fisher and finalised by John Poole who is a student of Glenn Murcutt a well known local architect who is world renown.
The area is located on the North East Coast of NSW in a small village called Crescent Head.
The area of the block is 1500m2 and each building has footprint of 70m2 with a total living area of 150m2 over two stories. All buildings are orientated to allow for solar heating in the winter of both floors and correctly proportioned eves provide protection from the sun in summer. The majority of the walls are rammed earth made from local earth supplied from a quarry in Bonny Hills Port Maquarie. The floors are polished concrete allowing for solar mass heating. There is a poly carbonate double volume area on the south side of the units that encloses a circular staircase with venting at the top and bottom to allow for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
Water is collected from all roofs in the development and held in a common underground tank of 35000 litres and recycled back through the units. The area has a high consistent rainfall through the year and this storage is sufficient to supply all water needs. The tank can be topped up from mains supply water. Heating of water is through Apricus solar units which have are a high efficiency water heater. Each unit has a solar power electricity panels supplying 2KW per unit with a total output of 10kw for the units.The initial design of the units has allowed for 5 small units in close proximity to each other.
This may be extended in the future to allow for further units to be brought into the development. Each unit can sleep between 5-7 people comfortably and the design allows for the inside and outside spaces to flow as one.