The project involved the building of a new bush house in Wallaroo, NSW, on a sloping block next to the Murrumbidgee River.
The design comprises 2 wings connected by a central link. Both wings are oriented to maximise the northern aspect and to enjoy the panoramic views. The North wing (living) floats over the land and is linked to the garden with two bridges. The South wing (bedrooms and study) sits above the house entry and garage and has tranquil views of the river. Between the wings is a cantilevered deck overlooking an amphitheatre of hills.
Each wing has a sculpted quality through its roof profile, pop-out walls, and by the use of contrasting materials. Their exterior form is mirrored internally where the flat ceiling splits to a rake over the windows as a gesture towards the hills, tree canopy and the sky. The effect from inside is of a light-filled space with a close connection to the surrounding bush.
The joinery is treated as another element that is integrated with the architecture. The interior finishes are a mixture of white walls, timber and stone. They are used with restraint to reinforce the clean lines and minimalist character of the spaces.