Rural sites are often picturesque but few rival this Adelaide Hills site with expansive views down the valley to vineyards, a tranquil lake and stands of mature eucalypts.
The house sweeps along the hillside contours maximising views and solar orientation while minimising soil disturbance.
The dominant external feature is a curving serpentine shaped stone wall. Locally sourced stone was carefully laid over nine months by skilled stonemasons.
A dramatic central living space focuses on the iconic wood heater suspended from the soaring butterfly roof. This central space is flanked by the children’s and parents’ wings. Gently curving corridors, with light shafting through the slit windows, reinforce the house’s soft ambience.
Double glazed living areas and bedrooms all benefit from winter sun with heating supplemented by hydronic radiators. Rooftop solar panels (10kw) contribute to lowering energy costs with provision for additional panels as required.
Internally the colour and material palette is refined and simple, white walls and ceilings, oak flooring and cabinetwork and concrete benchtops.