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.