This house is perched on the side of a steeply sloping hill with dramatic 360 degree views over the surrounding valleys and city skyline beyond. Our client requested that a bold and expansive family home be designed to take advantage of the spectacular views offered by this unique property. With a vertical drop of 70 metres across the site, and access only provided via a steep narrow driveway, this site presented a buildability challenge that required our architecture to celebrate the topography of the land.
The house is shaped to be a long and thin, orientated along the contour lines, and split over multiple levels to minimise cut and fill and maintain a close relationship to the land. The main entry, guest area, home theatre and utility spaces are located on the lower ground floor. An expansive living, kitchen, dining and children’s areas occupy the main floor. Full height glass walls provide uninterrupted views of the projecting pool deck and surrounding countryside.
A master suite and study are positioned uphill behind the main building to create a private sanctuary for the owners. The building is constructed primarily of concrete with solid concrete floor slabs and thermally insulated concrete panel walls. Exposed thermal mass used in conjunction with an efficient geothermal heating/cooling system both work to moderate fluctuations in the building’s internal temperature to reduce overall energy consumption.