Robust rural retreat

Richard Cole
Monday 01 Dec 2008

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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