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Green House

"The client required that the small site (166 sq m) be used to maximum potential to increase the size of the house and also the garden space." - Zen Architects elaborating on their design of Green House.

By: Zen Architects

Architecture-Page | North Carlton Green House by Zen Architects
Kitchen and dining with indoor planter boxes, concrete mass floors and ceiling, and view through to courtyard with pond.

Water minimization

Water consumption is minimized through harvested rainwater and grey water use in the garden via automated irrigation systems that are sub-surface to minimize evaporation.


Renovation of existing house stock is essential for a sustainable future.

Restrictive planning controls and client floor area demands can result in outcomes of big footprints and small green spaces.

The North Carlton Green House proposes a model where ecology is the foremost concern. Green space is increased, while demands of client and planning authorities are met.

A series of similar houses layered with green space would link horizontally and vertically creating a healthy, green urban environment rich in bio-diversity.


  • Text by Ben Callery, Courtesy of Zen Architects
  • Photographs by Emma Cross, Courtesy of Zen Architects
  • Compiled and Edited by Varun M Ajani

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