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Bridge House(s) – Past and Present

When we first saw this Australian project, we had immediate flashbacks to the Craig Ellwood Bridge House projects of the 1960’s.

Max Prichard has taken the concept of a bridge house and spun it into a thing of function, beauty, and affordability. The steel, wood, and concrete structure are strategically placed over a creek. Concrete pylons anchor steel trusses to form the core of the structure. Windows run most of the span on both sides, which allow one to have that tree house feeling.

Special attention to the environmental footprint and sustainability were followed. They used as many local reusable or recycled materials as well as things produced locally. The water from the roof is collected to use for the house. Hot water is achieved via solar panels on the roof.

square footage of Pritchard version = 1184
cost to build  = $177,000 U.S. dollars

Craig Ellwood / Past –

Max Pritchard / Present –

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