Warrandyte House

The Warrandyte home creates a cascade of contemporary family living spaces within a bushfire area. Environmental and bushfire restrictions proved to be little deterrent to a Melbourne couple determined to build a contemporary rural retreat in a prime location on a stunning bushland perch above the Yarra River.

Designed by Alexander Buchanan, this family home utilizes the challenges of the site to create a series of dynamic spaces that slide & tumble with the natural terrain, flooding the house with light and capturing spectacular bushland views.

What has resulted is a that sit with the landscape, with walls flanking almost entirely open central spaces that direct views to the sky & treetops beyond. Practical, private, service areas are concealled within a rich material pallette that create a warm textural foil to contemporary family living.

Despite the texture and solidity of the drystone walls that wrap the exterior and fold through a glazed circulation slot, the house has a lightness that is enhanced by twin butterfly roofs that lift the eaves to catch daylight from every direction.

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

Warrandyte House by Alexander Buchanan

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