Modern Timber-Clad Home Inspired by Traditional Barn: Two Pavilions

Modern Timber-Clad Home Inspired by Traditional Barn: Two Pavilions

Project: Two Pavilions / Modern Timber-Clad Home
Architects: Tom Robertson Architects
Stylist: Jessica Lillico
Location: Victoria, Australia
Year 2018
Photographer: Lillie Thompson

The Two Pavilions House is a striking modern timber-clad home set within the rural landscape of Phillip Island. Replacing an old much-loved holiday shack, the priority for the new design was creating a place that would suit the needs of multiple generations of the family simultaneously.

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The house is designed as a pair of pavilions, their elevations referencing the local architectural vernacular of a rural barn. Joined by a central breezeway, the pavilions are connected while balancing the need for private spaces that can also function separately.

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In summer, the breezeway provides passive cooling and is a shaded space for the family relax and share a meal. In winter, expanses of glass, oriented to the view of the distant sea across the landscape, capture passive solar energy.

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Robust natural materials ensure the home withstands the demands of a large extended family with young children. The natural materials also warm the refined grey and white colour palette and a timber bulkhead above the kitchen adds to the atmosphere of cosiness and contentment.

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