Haxstead Garden House by Tobias Partners Architects

Haxstead Garden House is a contemporary home located in the rural site of Central Tilba, Australia, with landscaped gardens, native bushland, and views to the Sapphire Coast. Designed by Tobias Partners Architects in 2017, the house measures 220m² (2,368ft²).

The robust ‘brut’ concrete facade to the south frames coastal views and protects occupants from wild weather, while its monumental concrete gutter collects rainwater and forms the circulation spine internally.

A lighter prefabricated steel structure to the north opens the interior to the garden. The garden and building combined act as a microclimate designed to buffer the winds year-round, with sculptural beds of native grasses, cactus and succulents reflecting the coastal location.

The building strives for a clear expression of its construction with highly resolved details in concrete, steel, glass and timber. Materials are expressed as both form and finish with no superfluous components or decorative elements; instead the design is quiet and restrained, allowing the garden and the coast to come into focus.

— Tobias Partners Architects



Photographs by Justin Alexander
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