Red Vineyard house is named after a painting by van Gogh which was
selected from a book to serve as a basis for the colour scheme. Even
though the four hectare block is large, there is no vineyard in sight!
design is nearly twice as energy efficient as a Five Star rating,
having a long plan, good orientation a concrete slab, rammed earth
internal walls, two layers of R2.5 insulation batts in the ceiling,
double glazing, cedar doors and windows, excellent summer shading
and cross ventilation. The whole house is heated with one gas heater
whenever the sun disappears for a few days.
design is one of a number of houses and extensions designed by Simon
in the early 1990's which explored the aesthetics of hand-carved objects
found in pre-industrial cultures, and a similar production process
found in European culture, in the works of certain artists. This work
was influenced by the publication of Edward Said's 'Orientalism' and
other texts of post-colonial theory during the preceding decade.