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Hütt 01 Passive House


The Hütt 01 Passivhaus is a luxury but fun home with its main focus on regenerative design. It’s a certified Passivhouse ‘Premium’, the highest category of Passivhaus that produces more energy than it uses, and it rates A++, again the highest category, in its Life Cycle Assessment.

It has been created to showcase:
– how we can build better houses in Australia
– how a sustainable design approach and Passivhaus can give you a beautiful lifestyle home
– how scarce inner-city land can be utilised better and more sustainably. Hidden away, it is wedged between a bluestone lane and a train line, creating a little oasis in the urban jungle with its biophilic design approach, despite the compact site of only 250sqm.

The four-bedroom house itself is built on an internal footprint of only 78sqm internally, but feels generous, multiplied over two and a half levels, and blurring boundaries between inside and out. For most of the year it doesn’t require heating or cooling, with novel materials and technologies like CLT, woodfibre insulation, HRV, aquaponics, green roofgarden, green wall, WSUD and more.

The project has been published in print and featured on Grand Designs Australia. It has won a number of industry awards and recognitions, amongst them the 2021 ArchiTeam Sustainability Medal.

What's On

Certified Passivhouse’s highest category, ‘Premium’, Hütt 01 is inspiring architecture with a timeless, modernist touch, setting a positive example for small-scale urban densification, on an unusual urban block. Impressively, the prefab passivehouse doesn’t require heating or cooling for most of the year.

Join a hosted tour of the house and garden, and discuss how we can build better houses in Australia, and what is necessary to get to near-net-zero housing.

Images: (1) Attic atelier. (2) Playful kids' room. (3) North facade: triple-glazing, Vestis metal facade and recycled brick. (4) Laneway elevation. (5) Context. Photos: Maitreya Chandorka.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 31 July
Tours run every half hour from 10.30am to 1pm.
Running for approx 1 hr (overlapping), in groups of up to 12 people.
Bookings not required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first come, first in basis.

Meet at entrance door in front of the house. You can explore the outside along the laneway with glimpses through recycled windows on your way up.
The official address is Rear 146 BELL ST Coburg (known in google as 146r Bell St): we are right behind No 146, the large apartment block. Coming with public transport or along the Upfield Bike Path from the city / south, you cross Bell St, turn left on the north side of Bell St and walk just past the apartment tower. There's a bluestone laneway, and we are approx 100m into the lane on the right hand side.
If you must come with the car, best to put 28 Main St Coburg into Google and park around that area. You can enter the bluestone lane from that end, between No 28 and No 30 Main St. We are approx 100m into the lane (follow the bluestones around the corner) on the left hand side.
We will meet you at the front door.

Age Requirements

All Ages


None of the above


Black house on the bluestone lane, 146R Bell St, Coburg, VIC 3058


Melbourne Design Studios (MDS), Home by Hütt, Hutt Sustainable Building Supplies



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