In 1994 the QLD HIA judges noted that the house that took out four awards culminating in the States Top Home of the Year, was designed acknowledging the climate we live in. Creating casual, stylish living resulting in a design based on key environmental requirements – effective cross ventilation and protection from the rain and sun. It is this element meshing of design, style and practicality that sets the top house for QLD apart from it’s competitors
25 years on these design principles can be seen in all the houses designed by Paul Witzig.
Witzig Schulz Architects & Planners have been designing rural and coastal houses along the Eastern seaboard of Australia for the last 35 yrs. Being in tune with the natural forces and energies – the climate changes of the seasons with the unique and natural environment; has enabled this knowledge to be used to improve architectural design :
- The benefit of verandahs – those wonderful spaces which, if properly designed, will provide sheltered outside living areas in all seasons.
- The ease with which the natural forces can be used to dissipate summer heat from inside a pavilion.
- The critical importance of good orientation to take maximum advantage of winter sun penetration to verandahs & living areas.
- The summer breezes which can be used to cool the houses without un-necessary energy consumption.
- The need for very wide eaves overhangs to provide protection from both winter storms and summer sun.
- The need for proper roof pitches to shed the rains which can be a natural part of our climate
- The need to design the houses to provide well integrated inside and outside living areas; with allowance for the changes of the seasons.
- The benefits of energy efficient and sustainable design.
- The joy of living in a house designed to be in tune with the natural environment.