Located within a rural context ,on over 2 hectares of mostly sloping land, the residence establishes within itself boundaries between public and private domains, articulation of spaces based on the program and crafted interactions with the landscape.
The layout of the residence enables two artists' to create separately from home, whilst surrounded in their collections of same. Drawing reference from the typology of the art gallery, both at a macro and specific level (NGV), the house draws on external references such as Egyptian temples visited in the past. This collaborative effort fed into a team approach where the client's aspirations were massaged to dramatic effect.
A highly pragmatic plan has living areas to the southern section of the house. Separating this from the works and garage areas are kitchen, meals and living spaces which integrate along the glazed building perimeter to form an edge against the lap pool preceding the view. The stone wall serves to bind the plan, forming a tension that holds the spaces together. This tension is alleviated by the clear glazed entry door, a first for this office, illustrating the freedoms offered by a rural site and facilitating a dramatic reveal of space upon entry.