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House at Big Hill by Kerstin Thompson Architects

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Photography by © Trevor Mein

This structure stands on an elevated site with a sea view in Lorne, Victoria, Australia. Designed by the Melbourne based of Kerstin Thompson Architects, it is built of concrete blocks with concrete floors and timber. A solid house as unpretentious as the untamed beauty of its surroundings, it has been designed to withstand the local climate of cold windy winters and scorchingly hot summers.

The triangular shape of the 240 sq.m. house follows the lines of the site. Although extensive glazing is not a feature, the sea facing pointed facade has been fitted with floor to ceiling windows. Elsewhere, picture windows with timber surrounds and window seats add an element of intimacy and protection from the inclement weather.

The black ceilings in the interior emphasize areas of light and shade, with shadowed, corners from relaxation and reflection. The simple furniture with ethnic rugs and soft furnishings contribute to the comfort and homely feel of this contemporary home which effortlessly becomes part of its natural environment.

Posted by Eleftheria Athanasopoulou
Posted on February 12th, 2013
in Interiors & Kerstin Thompson Architects