A 1970s icon of green living has hit the market in Templestowe.
Solar House at 32 Rosco Drive was Australia’s first solar energy home when it was built in 1979 as part of a display village promoting low energy living.
The ahead-of-its-time landmark, with a swag of awards to its name, is headed to auction on February 23 via Barry Plant Doncaster East with a $1.025-$1.125 million price guide.
The heritage-listed Cocks and Carmichael creation features a split-level, open-plan layout.
Thermal mass, insulation, a considered orientation with north-facing windows and well-zoned rooms were key to the design of the low-energy house.
The design aimed to provide 60 per cent of the four-bedroom home’s annual heating requirements at the time it was built, according to the Heritage Council of Victoria.
While much of the design was experimental and is now redundant, the home’s green credentials are still impressive by modern standards.
Vendor Kristy Butera said the large north-facing windows, natural materials and position ensured the house was never too hot or too cold.
“The reason we purchased the house was because it was a Carmichael design,” Ms Butera said.
“I instantly fell in love with it and bought it without my husband even seeing it.
“I love the whole feel of the design he does, we have modernised it but kept the bones.”
Ms Butera said her young family was reluctantly selling the property as they had moved interstate.
“Our favourite part are the glass panes on the ceiling in the lounge room to lie underneath and watch the starts, eclipses or blood moons,” she said.
Highlights of the home includes a sloped, timber-lined ceiling, open fireplace, modern kitchen and a large backyard.
The Victorian Heritage Database lists the house as having historical, technical and architectural importance.
Its awards include the 1979 Herald-Housing Industry Association award, Royal Australian Institute of Architects citations for new housing and energy efficient buildings in 1980, and first prize in the Gas and Fuel Corporation Energy Managementawards the same year.
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