© Steffen Welsch

Marysville House // Steffen Welsch

Marysville, Australia

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The Marysville House replaces a three-bedroom holiday house, which was destroyed in the devastating Black Saturday Fires of 2009. The house aimed to meet the recreation needs of a family of four. For us it was an exercise in restraint. In our first designs we envisaged a large, double storey residence with a spacious communal dining/living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a detached studio.

© Steffen Welsch

© Steffen Welsch

© Steffen Welsch

© Steffen Welsch

After a long and intensive planning process it became clear that a larger and complex dwelling may not be appropriate for the purpose of providing short to medium term holiday accommodation.We pared back the design to an enlarged studio. The abode now consists of one communal room, utilities and a mezzanine, which is a sleeping platform.

© Steffen Welsch

© Steffen Welsch

© Brendan Finn

© Brendan Finn

The design is influenced by the idea of a lodge that you might find in a remote or mountainous area. The compact nature of the building will reduce wastage and labour during construction and improve thermal performance during its lifetime. It appears effortless in context and connects with its environment with simplicity and ease..

© Brendan Finn

© Brendan Finn

© Brendan Finn

© Brendan Finn

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