Exterior photograph of the Welcome to the Jungle House, Darlington.

Welcome to the Jungle House, Exterior. Photo (c) Michael Lassman

Welcome to the Jungle House

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November





CplusC Architectural Workshop


2019 World Architecture Festival - Short-listed

2019 Master Builders Association - Design & Construct Excellence in Housing Awards

In this project, owner and architect-builder Clinton Cole (CplusC Architectural Workshop) explores a symbiotic relationship between architecture, landscape, sustainability and food production – or, as he describes it, 'the house is a machine for sustaining life'.

Built within a rejuvenated heritage facade of rendered masonry, steel, timber and greenery, the Welcome to the Jungle House is situated in an inner-city heritage conservation area typified by late Victorian terrace housing and post-industrial warehouse conversions. The original spackled rendered masonry facade had cultural and streetscape significance to the local heritage conservation area and its necessary reconstruction was managed under strict heritage controls. A large black photovoltaic panel signals the new addition onto the original northern facade, which harnesses sunlight throughout the day and acts as a billboard for the sustainability attributes of the house. This addition sits in stark contrast with the original rendered heritage facade.

Tour experience

On the tour Clinton Cole will provide a detailed explanation of the underground rainwater-storage system, aquaponics fish pond (with edible fish), rooftop vegetable garden (fed by nutrient-rich fish pond water), honey-making native bees, solar panel facade, battery storage, wind-powered generator, electric-car charging station, DALI based C-Bus controlled LED lighting and full automation, and will explain how all the systems and services can be managed and monitored via mobile devices (including remotely).


Clinton Cole

Clinton Cole is the founder and director of CplusC. He holds two degrees in architecture and is a registered architect, a licensed builder and accredited construction supervisor. With over 20 years of experience in the architecture and building industry, the success of the CplusC brand can be attributed to Clinton’s unwavering dedication to producing premium-quality, genuinely sustainable architectural solutions. Regularly invited to present his ideas to industry peers, academic panels and design publications, Clinton is a highly respected member of the profession, recognised for his contributions to both the architecture and construction industries.

  • Welcome to the Jungle House, Street View Dusk.
  • Welcome to the Jungle House, Staircase.
  • Welcome to the Jungle House, Darlington, Roof Top.

Key information

Session duration

50 mins


This tour has a capacity of 18 people per session.

Visitor requirements

Please arrive 5 minutes before the tour start time.

This house is a three-storey house which consist of stairs and a ladder to the rooftop.

to know

  • Photography allowed