House at Big Hill by Kerstin Thompson Architects

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House at Big Hill is a vacation home designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Description by Kerstin Thompson: Our most recent project near Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is characterised by a restrained material palette and singular form. The triangular plan, semi-recessed into the sloping site, is orientated to take advantage of the 180 degree views towards the townships of Lorne and Airey’s Inlet and of Bass Strait through a filter of mature eucalypts.

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Responding to the clients preference for a solid building a natural grey concrete block was selected for the walls, both inside and out. In combination with a black ceiling and dark roof the house is effectively camouflaged within its bush landscape.

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The interior has an intimate quality achieved through the careful modulation of natural light and shadow and the use of timber accents which offset the concrete floors and blockwork walls.

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Views are captured by picture frame windows that become spaces to occupy through deep reveals and window seats. A contrast to the lightweight beach house this dwelling instead provides a solid retreat from which to contemplate the extremes of this beautiful west coast landscape.

Architect: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Project: House at Big Hill
Location: Victoria, Australia
Photographs: Trevor Mein

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