Dramatic Fragility: Australian House of the Year winner

Recently winning the Australian House of the Year,
this beautiful homestead by architect Virginia Kerridge
plays with simple materials
and soaring roof lines,
to match the fragile, yet dramatic,
beauty of the rugged mountain bush around it.
There is a lot of cleverness to it,
but what I love most is this screened porch,
a modern interpretation of an old refuge device,
to protect against insects in the height of summer heat.
As beautiful from the exterior
as it is from the inside,
the lofty space is clad with fine bronzed metal screening,
to create a year-round space for living.
The original farm buildings were incorporated
into the extended wings,
contrasting the old and new.
Materials were kept restrained in their selections,
with an emphasis on natural timber species
growing in the adjacent bush.
Beautiful detailing on these recycled Ironbark timber walls
create the effect of shadow boxes.
She has delicately balanced the
precarious duo of beauty & drama,
so inherent in the Australian bush itself.
It's a fine example of a contemporary
twist of the country homestead vernacular.
Do you like it?
House in Country NSW
Architecture: Virginia Kerridge
Photography: Marcel Aucar
 
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Oh, and in other news 
from these Houses awards...
 Winners were announced yesterday.
In case you missed them, 
earlier posts on a couple of the winning entrants...
Outdoors Winner: the hauntingly beautiful
House Alterations (under 200m2) Winner:
Well deserved to all of them!
There were some outstanding entries this year.