Nestled atop the Great Dividing Range 100km north of Melbourne, Australia in Trentham, a slow-paced country town is the Long House which is a delicately balanced moment between old-fashioned simplicity and the conveniences of contemporary life. Located within a recent semi-rural development on the periphery of the town, the project brief was to design an energy efficient, low maintenance single dwelling on a large, north-facing site for a retired couple, their visiting children, and grandchildren. The clients wanted a home that would sit well within its local and historical context of the once gold mining town and provide a comfortable and easy home year round, that could also adapt to accommodate large family gatherings scattered throughout the year.
Designed by MRTN Architects the Long House is positioned centrally on the block, with almost equal parts rear and front garden. The design contends with the precarious task of maximizing idyllic views whilst maintaining privacy by retreating from its boundaries. Its careful placement enhances selected vistas whilst also defining a quiet, private realm set back from the public face of the street.