Originally, the client did not even want to build with a Czech company, he was interested in the technology of building from wooden CLT panels. But in Budíkov he found that he got along well with architect Pavel Horákand it was decided.

The terraces of 60 m2 have a beautiful view of the bay and the beach.

The task was definitely not easy, because the material had to travel to the small island of Kangaroo, which is accessible only by ferry, shipping containers and by air.

It was also necessary to “fight” with the local climate, with protection against termites and also with the increased local requirements for fire protection, because fires in Australia can cause enormous damage to property, but also to human and animal lives.

Result? Wooden building with a generous living room with kitchen and dining room, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, utility room and laundry room, which are complemented by two terraces of 60 m2 with beautiful views of the bay and the beach.

The CLT panel structure consists of a nineteen-meter-long mass, consisting of three cubes, covered by a generous sloping roof. The interiors excel with exposed wood on the walls and custom-made furniture.

It would not be possible without a steel structure

The island house stands on a sand dune, so it was necessary to base it on a steel structure. It faces north, overlooking the bay. Partial sheet metal had to be made, which was a requirement of the insurance company as part of fire protection.

Construction from CLT panels in the standard of passive construction is completely self-sufficient. It uses solar energy, it is connected to electricity from networks only in case of emergency. It also includes a charging station for the owner’s car. Under the house and next to the house there are several large tanks for collecting rainwater, which is used for consumption in the house, but also in case of fires.

Although all material, from wooden structures, bioboards, acoustic panels, doors and other equipment, had to be sent, for example, in shipping containers from the Czech Republic, according to carbon footprint calculations, the environmental impact of wooden construction was lower than if the house built of classical masonry from local, non-transported materials.

The local company Envirotecture helped with everything (and also with communication with the authorities). The Czech company also entrusted the actual implementation on site to the locals (Yard brothers).

“If people are on the same wave and motivated enough, it doesn’t matter if they are scattered around the world, they can still build a house together and distance doesn’t matter,” says architect Pavel Horák, author of the project.

Project Kangaroo Island won the Wooden Building of the Year competition Award of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Ing. arch. Pavel Horák

* 1978

He graduated from the Secondary Industrial School of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2002, he has been cooperating with the architect Václav Zahradníček in companies Prodesi and Domesi on the development and application of a system of wooden buildings under the same name.

He is the main organizer of the Salon of Wooden Buildings, a unique exhibition of modern wooden buildings built in the Czech Republic. He publishes professional articles on wooden buildings and their use in the current construction of residential and commercial buildings.

Above the large dining table you will find chandeliers from the Czech brand Brokis.

Technical details

Construction: CLT solid panels

Built up area: 172 m2 U

Usable area: 205 m2

Heating method: solar panels, recuperation, passive standard; off grid – island house

Implementation group and project architect: Prodesi / Domesi + Envirotecture: Ing. Pavel Horák and Hana Bartoňová (design), Dick Clarke (technical design)

Designer: Josef Tománek (projection), Andy Marlow (details of the passive design of the house), Lauren Pevy (documentation), Ron Selth (details of construction, local adaptation)

Construction supplier: Yard Brothers (on-site assembly), Domesi (construction preparation and coordination)