The approach to the design of this house revolves around its small scale. Situated on a dramatic site, overlooking Franklin and the Huon River, the project takes in a 270 degree outlook across southern Tasmania, while affording privacy from an existing house – which serves as the main residence on the property. The plan geometry hinges from the contour, creating a new living platform – the eastern edge of which aligns with the axis of Grey Mountain. The northern edge of the house orients back towards the midday sun and terrain, creating a private outdoor terrace to the north.
Rooms are huddled about a centripetal plan, reducing circulation space, while maximising outlook. This strategy offers a sense of an expansive interior in a tight plan. This is further emphasised by the contrast between the dark interior palette of the house, which highlights the play of sunlight upon the landscape.
Design architect – Mat Hinds
Principal builder – Rory Wright
Builder business – South Coast Builders
Structural and hydraulic engineers – Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Photographer – Adam Gibson
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