WAN Awards 2015


WAN Mobile
WAN Mobile
Previous Next

Bluff Farm House, Avalon Beach, Australia

Monday 01 Dec 2008

Robust rural retreat

Photography Brett Boardman 
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment

The strength of the Australian rural landscape demands a strong gesture 

In the tradition of isolated rural buildings, the house is conceived as a singular gesture responding to the strength of the site: a grassy terrace overlooking a meandering river facing north up a spectacular valley, next to an old eucalypt. The essential concept of the house reflects the way in which the owner has always used this place: setting up a table on the grass under the shade of the tree. With a strong diagramattic plan encapsulating refuge and prospect, the sleeping areas are contained within encasing precast concrete walls and the lightweight steel framed roof shelters a generous living space opening to the terrace and view. A palette of raw materials; concrete, galvanised steel, sandstone and plywood add texture and warmth to the interior. The character of the building deliberately avoids artifice.

Key Facts

Status Complete
Value 0(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
Richard Cole Architecture

More projects by this architect

Hilltop House


Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site