Koeschi – Cornish derived Koes (woodland)chi(house)Designed by Architects Assistant, Josh Penk at 19 for himself and self built over 3 years on a shoe string to fund his training at the world renowned Architects Association in London. The design embraces many of the technical innovations developed by ARCO2but also provides a valuable test bed for new, exciting ideas in sustainable construction. The house utilises local timber from the site and incorporates largely organic materials throughout using minimal energy. The building touches lightly on the site on small pad foundations and cantilevers over a small stream to the north. Approached over a home made Glulam bridge it occupies an elevated position which opens to a level grass clearing to the south. The building is constructed using large posts and beams most of which are glulam with 200mm square local Douglas fir northern posts. This radial frame is knitted together with home engineered joists in the floor, roof and walls providing up to 500mm of organic insulation providing outstanding decrement delay. Clad with site grown macrocarpa and roofed in soil/local plant life, build costs and embodied energy were reduced. Open plan living spaces and a solar buffer to the south ensure low running costs and flexible living.