Located in central Victoria’s picturesque Macedon Ranges, this modernist rural idyll integrates existing and new structures through a dialogue of form, uses and materiality.
A powerful intervention on the landscape, the new structure is conceived as a framework of monumentally scaled Corten steel beams, from which hangs its predominantly glass-walled volume.
Bridging the site’s natural undulation to create subfloor car parking, the design brings both order and theatre to the arrival experience, with the lower entry level leading to open plan kitchen, living and dining on the upper level via an internal staircase.
Comparatively small, and with a cellular nature traditional to its typology, the property’s original timber dwelling has been re-cast as a dedicated bedroom wing, and re-clad in zinc.
Connected via a courtyard-enclosed linkage, the two buildings sit in counterintuitive material counterpoint— the new, complemented by stonework, water features and native vegetation weathering gracefully into its setting; the old, forever newish looking, with its enduringly shiny metal exterior.