The Hill Plain House by Wolveridge Architects

Designed by Wolveridge Architects in 2010 the Hill Plain House is 3-bedroom single bathroom rural dwelling with no grid-connected services. Located in Kyneton, Australia, the house is set on the undulates landform.

An attempt to create an ‘australianess’ with a rugged exterior, characterized by a palette of natural materials, a sense of craftsmanship and childhood reminder of growing up in the 70’s. The building’s exterior incorporates full height panels of windows with black painted compressed sheet over. The ends of the building, custom blackbutt cladding incorporate smaller windows which frame the views. These openings are somewhat haphazard and attempt to forge a connection with local agricultural structures which locate openings on the basis of pragmatic requirements often revealing an almost random appearance. Large sliding screens shield the dwelling from the summer’s intense sun and create a filtered internal light.
Consciously, the house employs non-domestic materials – steel/concrete/recycled timber/concrete masonry. Plaster is seldom visible and painted black. A reference to the monochromatic palette, the shower floor is yellow rubber, with terrific grip and underfoot comfort. Shower walls are lined using full height sheets of mild steel. A dark interior draws the eye to the external vista reinforcing the connection with site.
The construction was carried out as an owner builder employing mainly local trades ensuring the time required to achieve a level of detail, control the building costs and enable value decisions during the works.

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Photographs by Richard Powers & Derek Swalwell
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