Hill Plains House
Wolveridge Architects walked away with three awards and three notable mentions at the 2011 Interior Design Awards held at the Docklands on 15th April. Most popular of projects entered was the ‘Hill Plains House’ – a favourite among judges and peers alike.
Wining Best Residential, Best of State and the Premier Award For Interior Design Excellence & Innovation for the entry, judges cited the property as ‘reinforcing the juncture between dwelling space and the surrounding region as a primary contributor to contemporary residential interior design’.
Architect Jerry Wolveridge describes the property as: “robust, both functional and agricultural it connects with its exterior. In conjunction with its changeable interior dependant on external conditions underpin this holistic approach, contributory to contemporary design practice. An attempt to create an ‘Australianess’ with a rugged but (hopefully) sophisticated interior, characterised by a palette of natural materials, a sense of craftsmanship and childhood reminder of growing up in the 70’s.”
Finishes employ non-domestic surfaces – steel/concrete/recycled timber/concrete masonry. Plaster is seldom visible and is painted black. A reference to the monochromatic palette, the shower floor is yellow rubber, with terrific grip and underfoot comfort. Shower walls are lined using full height sheets of mild steel. A dark interior draws the eye to the external vista creating a strong connection with the site. Such as the view from the shower, a large frameless window overlooking a natural grass amphitheatre with magnificent gum tree in the distance.
After dusk the interior takes on a soft character with a low level of lighting and large living room windows sheen with illuminated curtains. This statement reinforces the importance of the juncture between the interior/exterior and context of the region as a primary contributor to contemporary interior thinking.
The rectilinear planform of the building is based in agricultural construction and considers the integration of object and landscape. This idea is drawn from Victorian era farm structures of the region where buildings were developed largely on pragmatic terms.
The building structure is typical of portal frame construction, incorporating 5no. 4m modules. The rectilinear plan is punctured by a service core, forming an axial nature within the plan.
The main living room, centrally located on the plan provides a protected outdoor alternative in most wind conditions. Large oversized custom 250x31mm blackbutt cladding of the building’s ends incorporate framed views and organizes the building program with central living/services core and sleeping zones cradled in timber at each end.
An attempt to create an ‘australianess’ with a rugged exterior, characterized by a palette of natural materials, a sense of craftsmanship and childhood reminder of growing up in the 70’s.
Consciously, the house employs non-domestic materials – steel/concrete/recycled timber/concrete masonry. A dark interior draws the eye to the external vista reinforcing the connection with site.
This palette incorporates a number of recycled timbers including internal plywood wall and ceiling lining recycled from Pilkington site delivery crates. The sheets come in 2400×600 complete with nails, markings and are finished using a black penetrating stain. The vaulted ceiling lining is offcuts from structural beams milled for recycled flooring. Elsewhere recycled Baltic pine flooring is used to line a large sliding wall panel and basement hatch, due to its light weight. The natural finish provides a warm contrast to the otherwise black stains. The master bedroom wall is lined entirely from an old pack of recycled hardwood flooring. Pergola posts recycled turpentine. The offgrid dwelling is highly insulated, ventilates naturally and is powered by a 2kw solar/battery system with remotely located subground backup generator.
Project name: Hill Plains House
Location: Metcalfe, Victoria, Australia
Type: Sustainable House, Wood House, Barn House
Project Year: 2010
- WINNER AIA ARCHITECTURE AWARDS, SUSTAINABILITY 2011 VICTORIA
- WINNER AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011 PREMIER AWARD FOR INTERIOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION
- WINNER AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011 – BEST OF STATE (VIC) RESIDENTIAL DESIGN,
- WINNER AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011 – RESIDENTIAL DESIGN
- COMMENDATION AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011 – RESIDENTIAL DECORATION
- COMMENDATION AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011 – COLOUR IN RESIDENTIAL DESIGN
- SHORTLIST AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011 – COLOUR IN RESIDENTIAL DESIGN
- Winner of The Sustainability Award, 2011
- Highly Commended, Recycled Timber, 2011
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Wolveridge Architects
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