In Australia, a steel prefab by Archiblox helps its residents reconnect with nature and be self-sufficient.

Located in Fish Creek, a township Southeast of Melbourne, a modular getaway allows its owners to escape the whirlwind of the city and focus on their goal of more mindful living. Designed for energy efficiency and to have a minimal impact on the environment, Fish Creek House was inspired by the principles of permaculture and the homeowners’ desire to be self-sufficient as they work towards minimizing their carbon footprint. 

The Fish Creek modular home is designed to be energy-efficient and sustainable inside and out.

The Fish Creek modular home is designed to be energy-efficient and sustainable inside and out.

Photo Courtesy of Archiblox

Unsurprisingly, the three-bedroom, 1,371-square-foot home is sustainable both inside and out. The design is separated into two modules—one for sleeping and one for living. The sleeping module is nestled against the edge of the forest and oriented to the northwest to provide protection from the wind. The living module, by contrast, faces the sea and offers stunning views via expansive walls of glass that open to the surrounding deck. Cavity sliding doors join the modules, acting as noise barriers between living and sleeping, and save on electricity by minimizing heat loss during the winter months. 

Extensive glazing keeps the open-plan living space bright and airy and provides expansive views, allowing the couple to immerse themselves in their rural surroundings. The hearth is a Horama Fireplace by Chiminees Philippe.

Extensive glazing keeps the open-plan living space bright and airy and provides expansive views, allowing the couple to immerse themselves in their rural surroundings. The hearth is a Horama Fireplace by Chiminees Philippe. 

Photo Courtesy of Archiblox

The kitchen backsplash tiles are Perini tiles in jaca bronze, their metallic glaze reflecting the natural light.

The kitchen backsplash tiles are Perini tiles in jaca bronze, their metallic glaze reflecting the natural light. 

Photo Courtesy of Archiblox

See the full story on Dwell.com: One Couple’s Modular Retreat Supports Their Sustainable Lifestyle

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