Australian House of the Year 2014….
Recently winning the accolade of Australian House of the Year for 2014,
this home sits high upon a hill in Mudgee, New South Wales,
with a judicious palette of off-form concrete, stone and hoop pine ply.
Designed by Peter Stutchbury Architects,
it cost $1,624,000 to build,
and is spread across 2 levels to make up a building of 425 m2.
It has a very "rural Australian" feel to the materials selections,
with the soft colours of grey (concrete) and local Mudgee stone
sitting quietly in the surrounding bushland.
Interestingly, it was built as a private holiday home,
but is now available for short term accommodation hire.
Perhaps that's why it looks a little stark, to me at least.
I love the materials, but it feels like nobody lives there.
But this is a design element I really love: the skylight which has been designed
to catch the rain and make a pattern of it as it drains away,
with sunlight filtered throughout the moving water.
That's clever architecture.
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What do you think? Do you respond to it?