A contemporary living space building which called the Hinterland House is completed designed by the architect Morris Partnership. This house is located in a rural area in Australia. It is precisely situated on a graveled, preciously cleared rise, overlooking a large dam in a high bushfire category zone. The architect’s client ordered accommodations such as a living/dining/kitchen core, a client’s separate bedroom suite, a separate studio & study room, and a separate guest accommodation.
Moreover, this living space architecture design is required to be in harmony with the fragile, over grazed scrub and a small stature eucalypt forest which is covering the 11 hectare site, which is wide and seductive views to the dam, closer views to the modest scrub and grasslands and intimate views to the particular single eucalypts. To roam the site with no screening, fencing or garden works, the abundant wildlife is to be encouraged to achieve it. The existing internal fences should be removed. The illusive nature of the coastal hinterland is reflected by this living space building design. This living space design doesn’t dominate the landscape, but instead encourages a variety of the visual and sensual experiences. This house is encourages a connection with the earth. The house design is a fragmented building with a living, working and sleeping zones which are separated by the glazed slots, links and the open spaces. This is enables the views and the qualities of the site to be both enjoyed and confronted. A continual disconnection which is reinforced by changes in materials is provided by a movement between zones. The house requires a journey, with minimal definition between the interior and exterior materials and spaces.
The natural ventilation is enabling the winds too simply through the hinterland scrub to the house. The overall from of the living space is deliberately illusive upon the arrival; it is challenging any predetermined expectations. The other elements to float are enabled by a powerful rammed earth wall which is firmly anchored to the ground. The entry side of the house is a simple and low key. The excitement of the building and the site is revealed once inside the house and moving through the various zones. The personal privacy inside this house is created without the use of barriers. For this living space, few window furnishings are required.
Visit the Morris Partnership website – here.
Photography by John Gollings