Pepper Tree Passive House, Wollongong

Designed around a 60-year-old pepper tree, the aptly named Pepper Tree Passive House was designed and built to International Passive House standards by architect Alexander Symes and owner builder Adam Souter, making use of salvaged and waste materials throughout.

Designed to be a 24-hour building, the house is an office for Souter’s building company during the day and at night it can be turned into a home to sleep in.

In the living space, joinery made of Paperock, a fully recyclable paper-based cellulose material, houses the TV and contains a cleverly concealed office space behind two sets of pocket doors.

The surface is finished in a forest green laminate, bringing a bit of the green from the outside in and is carried through into the kitchen cabinets. A custom daybed made from leftover flooring from the build can be turned into a second bed.

The main bedroom, which is accessed through a custom OSB sliding door that seamlessly slides into a pocket in the living room wall, contains two more workspaces, one concealed behind bi-fold pocket doors in the joinery and the other a secret hidden floating shelf underneath the Murphy bed.

Images by Barton Taylor