Domic is set into a steeply sloping landscape with a green roof, ensuring the home is recessed into the natural environment. It also means little heating and cooling is needed.
Despite this there are a good range of security and energy efficiency technologies on top of the house.
Its 113 solar panels and a room full of lithium batteries also ensure that the property can run off-grid for most of the time, and in any case, allows the house to be carbon neutral in its energy consumption versus production over the year.
There is the overarching system in the house which co-ordinates all of the sub-systems connected to it. This includes automated lighting, security, CCTV, door entry control, intercom, distributed audio, distributed video, spa and pool control, external landscape audio and the cinema room.
Designed and installed by Sunshine Coast home automation company Simplifi all of the systems are controlled by one of the in-wall touch screens located on each level or through any iOS or android device connected to the system.
For the audiophile the speakers in the cinema rooms are arranged in 9.2.4 for a truly immersive sound system. It includes 9 bed channels, two sub-woofers and four Dolby Atmos Height Channels. All bed channels are driven by two channels of amplification each, one for the tweeter (high) and mid (low).
A Trinnov audio processor co-ordinates and re-maps the speakers for any immersive surround sound format for a stunning experience way above that of commercial cinemas.
There is also custom fitted frameless 2.40 Severton SAT4K acoustically transparent cinema screen. Just like commercial cinemas the front speakers are fitted behind the screen.
Direct access to Sunshine Beach
Direct Access to Noosa National Park
The construction, materials and design of Domic set a new benchmark in luxury and sustainability, as well as challenging both architect Noel Robinson and building company Hutchinson Builders to convert some wonderful concepts and uncompromising ideas into a home of the future.
The Skigin Residence has a green roof and walls which keep the house cool and home automation technology that saves energy. The project was driven by Mr Skigin’s desire to promote sustainability. It also provides filtration of the water that falls on the roof when it rains and water conservation initiatives including rainwater and stormwater harvesting systems.
The property has cutting edge technology and design. It uses Hempcrete as a walling product that carbon captures CO2 in its curing and has superior acoustic and insulation properties.
Hempcrete is a product combining industrial hemp with lime and water creating a concrete like mix, which is far lighter and provides significant thermal and sound insulation properties.
The Hempcrete panels used in the house were manufactured in the Netherlands by Mr. Skigin’s Dutch Hemp Group and imported specifically for the residence.
“We optimised the design through energy modelling, integrated the latest smart building technologies and incorporated zero carbon off-grid initiatives including a maximised photovoltaic (PV) installation and battery electricity storage installation.” Said Mr Skigin.
Luxury and Sustainability
Cutting Edge Design
Leading Australian Architect Noel Robinson of NRA Collaborative explains the Domic design:
Evgeny is an entrepreneur with sustainable living in mind. He wanted to recreate the feeling of enticing a tranquil green place that merged with the natural landscape. We used corten steel (rusted weathered steel) at the entry. We wanted it to have minimal visual presence, from all vantage points. The only place you see the house is from the beach or if you’re coming from the national park.
It was not meant to look like a building, it’s a landscape. In my opinion, it is the best beach front site on the eastern seaboard.
Evgeny wanted to use the natural structure shell solution of arches to minimise columns. The arches are self supporting in compression and add to internal volume of the spaces
The construction of the shells took a long time to conceive. They produce complex shapes because not all the walls were parallel – so they are three dimensional shells. It was becoming a sculptured building.
The shells also had to be waterproof to accommodate the roof top landscape.
Of particular interest is how the shells look out to sea and Evgeny’s desire to soften the edge of the building using what he described at the time as “eyelids’’. They were designed by Evgeny himself and fashioned from an idea that caught his own eye in Europe.
Converting ideas like these into reality did cause sleepless nights figuring out the geometry, but the finish certainly works.
We agree with Evgeny, the result is awesome and eye catching.
Inside, the dome like shells are insulated with acoustic perforated plywood panels that capture and diffuse sounds in a similar way to musical studios. This creates warm, sound attenuated cocoon like spaces.
In everything we have done, we have tried to deliver a sustainable outcome and the use of Hempcrete, from Evgeny’s own factories to build the dividing walls. They offered a light weight solution, with considerable strength and durability. Also thermal mass was gained through the extensive use of reinforced concrete in the shells.
It was important for the site that the national park was on the northern eastern aspect and that there is an unobstructed solar aspect. It gets the north east breezes and it’s protected from the south west where all our worst weather comes from. It’s the ideal site and an ideal living habitat for the beach environment.