Master Plan & Working Drawings (2006)
This beautifully detailed rammed earth construction is set on a secondary plateau on Berry Mountain. It is surrounded by remnant subtropical bushland, overlooking the Kangaroo Valley River and beyond to the Budderoo National Park. The primary design challenges were to sympathetically integrate the architecture within its natural setting and minimise future maintenance. Careful selection of structural and native plant materials compliment the architecture and visually ties the structures to the land.
The concrete of the foundation walls of the house is repeated to create substantial benches within a gravel courtyard. Views out to the surrounding landscape are preserved and enhanced with plantings sited to frame and subtly add depth and complexity. The overall layout is strong and uncomplicated with outdoor zones for recreation and a vegetable garden discreetly located.
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