The house sits nestled into the hill overlooking Rona Bay orientated in such a way that captures the surrounding hills to the north and frames the views west towards the sea.
While the clients were growing into a new phase of life without children it was important that the living spaces felt connected, open and welcoming. This strong exterior grid is transferred inside and separated into a private master suite, circulation and living connected to large glazed doors that slide to expand the space the outdoors.
A 5 dwelling multi-unit development, creating a simple and affordable housing scheme where previously one house stood. The development has a degree of complexity with the constraints of the small sloping site. The design provides north facing living and private decks to all units. Clad in a palette of dark brick, E-span and cedar with the intention of ensuring each dwelling is identifiable.
The owners enjoyed camping, and the scheme started with stories of tent fly's and caravans. The early sketches picked up these themes and developed a scheme on a steep site with a modest budget. The project has a simple legibility, forming two wings book ending a central mono pitched roof opening to a courtyard behind. The suspended dark oxide concrete floor provides an effective heat sink to the north facing glazing.