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Bluff Farm House, Avalon Beach, Australia

Monday 01 Dec 2008
 

Robust rural retreat

 
Bluff Farm House by Richard Cole Architecture in Avalon Beach, Australia
Photography Brett Boardman 
 
Bluff Farm House by Richard Cole Architecture in Avalon Beach, Australia Bluff Farm House by Richard Cole Architecture in Avalon Beach, Australia Bluff Farm House by Richard Cole Architecture in Avalon Beach, Australia
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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.

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