This house, located on a west-facing slope in a eucalyptus forest with filtered views to Guerilla Bay, is a shared retreat between friends. The project is an exemplary response to the landscape and brief, executed with utility, clarity and rigour.
The spatial arrangement is set up by a compact footprint over two floors, rotated to the contours. The rotation opens up the living areas toward the sun and provides three key site connections: an entry court, a balcony at the highest point and a lower court. These set up a diagonal sequence of interior spaces that offer many compelling opportunities to engage with the site, achieved while working to a tight footprint and a disciplined tectonic order. Combined with the operability of the envelope and raw materiality, these design moves encourage visceral, elemental engagement with the place.
This house is a distilled work of architecture that provides an extraordinary place to experience the surrounding landscape.
Adjacent to the raw edge of Guerilla bay and set amongst a stunted forest the small residence squeezes a reaction from local opportunities. A diagonal plan from land courtyard to sky deck, with dog ear transverse skylights romancing light and space. This tightly ordered home changes with light and user.