Design Team: Jann Hurley, Damian Bell • Engineers: Dodd Civil Engineering
Industrial meets rural in this home on an exposed site in rugged honed concrete block and corrugated iron cladding. Exposed black steel portal frames on the interior reinforce the industrial theme.
The pared back industrial interior contrasts with the updated rural aesthetic. Situated on a hilly site with fantastic views to the west - and exposed to the accompanying winds - the plan provides sheltered spaces while maintaining key view corridors. The simple and honest feel is achieved through the use of an uncomplicated palette of materials and forms.
The editor of Houses Magazine, Justin Foote cited in Issue 35, “Inside, one may expect to see an updated rustic aesthetic, so the pared back industrial interior comes as a welcome surprise. Exposed steel beams, gleaming stainless steel and polished concrete floors punctuate the open living and dining areas.”
Large full height windows on the south side ensure that natural light is plentiful. Here, the steel stinger staircase with bamboo treads creates a sculptural element that bisects utilitarian spaces from the relaxed living retreat.
At home in its surroundings, the building is at once familiar, yet also exhibits an edginess that sets it apart from its purely agricultural counterparts.