This fraternal pair of dwellings in the Byron hinterland interacts differently with the undulating topography of the 2.5 hectare site to create a legible hierarchy between the main house and the secondary dwelling. The smaller single storey dwelling nestles into the landscape below the main house which has visual prominence from the road. The dwellings are sited and orientated to provide optimal solar access whilst each maintaining privacy and seclusion from the other.
The dwellings share a palette of recycled and industrial materials that are robust, cost effective and simple to use. The materials by turn provide shelter, strength and warmth to the robust yet distinctly domestic interiors that connect strongly to the landscape via controlled views, expansive glazing and elements that transition between inside and out.
Both dwellings have embedded sustainable design principles providing year round user comfort in this sub tropical climate.
Commendation 2018 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Country Division for Residential Architecture – Houses (Multiple Houses)
Assistant: Alfonso Duran
Structural: Westera Partners
Civil: Charlie Hewitt
Builder: Mel & Jake
Photography: David Taylor