Australian House of the Year
Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture
2014 Houses Awards
There is something absolutely Australian about this project, not just its connection to an undeniably spectacular setting, but also its modesty, clarity, resourcefulness and consequential delight. Being (another) rural retreat with a jaw-dropping view, this project needed to convince the jury that all the moves made to create it are in harmony with its location, and that it is a great piece of architecture in its own right, and this it has. Its magic is created through balance, such as the gridded rigour of the plan balanced with the fat curve of the long section, or the transparency of the simple exterior balanced with the solid, albeit sliced, nature of the interior rooms. The form, materials and details are mastered in this house, running from inside to out and then into the landscape as one. From both inside and out, changes in nature are apparent, in wet and dry, hot and cold and through the seasons of the year. This elegant building, looking out from its position nestled into the hilltop, has left us drawn to see more.
Read Trisha Croaker’s review of Invisible House for Houses magazine here.
See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.
Australian House of the Year supported by Cult.