It is not every day you get to design a home that spreads 70m across a site. This 5 acre semi rural property with a wide frontage provided an opportunity to orient the home toward a northerly aspect and at the same time be open to the views, sit parallel with the access road and sit comfortably with the natural terrain.
With these perfect site conditions laid out for us we were able to focus on maximising these opportunities and develop a flexible, spacious and comfortable family home.
One of the key desired outcomes was for the building to integrate with the land and also to bring the landscaping into the house. The form of the building is comprised of 8 pavilions linked by a central spine corridor, with the placement of garden courtyards between the buildings, all of the pavilions have a garden view towards the rear of the property. These central courtyards also facilitate additional solar access and cross ventilation.
The built form responds to the site with reference to the rural vernacular by way of the simple pitched roofs and ‘barn like’ form the individual pavilions could almost be seen as the architectural vernacular of the rural form from anywhere in the world. This in turn presents an international rural vernacular with the Australian vernacular referenced in refined detailing and the use of various natural materials.
The 8 separate well-articulated pavilions present a residence of a grand scale without looking oversized and all of the internal living rooms are of modest proportion.