Just outside of Adelaide, Australia, a bridge house by architect Max Pritchard spans a rocky river creek dotted with red river gum trees. The home uses widely available industrial building materials and passive heating and cooling techniques to stay financially and ecologically prudent. Its primary structural elements are a pair of massive trusses that span the ravine, anchored by concrete piers. Pritchard asserts that he aimed to design a home that “touched the earth lightly.” The home lies between the trusses and implements a concrete slab floor, large glass panels, and corrugated steel on both the roof and walls. The long, narrow floor plan makes the house conducive to natural cross-ventilation, which combines with louvered window overhangs that allow sun to enter in the winter and block it during the summer. Photovoltaic cells and solar water heaters are mounted on the roof, further reinforcing the sustainable nature of the home.
See more images of the Bridge House after the jump.