This Off-Grid Limestone and Timber House Is One of Australia’s Most Sustainable Homes

Tucked away in Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Toorak sits a sculptural limestone home surrounded by lush gardens that can generate, capture and provide everything it needs on-site. The owners approached John Wardle Architects for an off-grid home that could accommodate their children, grandchildren, and interstate guests and be one of the most sustainable homes in Australia.

To achieve this ambition, John Wardle Architects pursued two voluntary standards; Passivhaus, all about creating an incredibly high-performing building envelope, and the Living Building Challenge, which focuses on healthy, local materials and an off-grid approach. The home is built with Mt Gambier limestone and complemented with recycled blackbutt timber, reclaimed Tasmanian oak, and siltstone.

Website article with photographs and the floor plan;

John Wardle Architects

Grounded Gardens

Join The Design Emotive newsletter to have new episodes delivered straight to your inbox;

Join the Discord server to chat about homes I’ve featured, minimalist design, minimalism and simple living;

The Design Emotive

For business inquires, advertising, sponsorship, etc, visit

Produced by The Design Emotive
Filmed and Edited by The Design Emotive / Anthony Richardson

Music from YouTube Audio Library

#OffGridHouse #HomeDesign #InteriorDesign #HouseTour #OffGrid #Sustainable #HomeTour


Save This Post
ClosePlease login

No account yet? Register