designed by field office, ‘mount macedon house’ offers uninterrupted views over the bushland landscape in australia. the property which posed a significant and challenging design opportunity is located on an uneven site, strict bushfire protection regulations and specific client brief. this all played an important role in the final project outcome of which in the end, formed a desirable retreat nestled on the side of mount macedon.

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due to the nature of the long and narrow site with the irregular terrain, architects chris barnes and nick crawford of field office decided to elevate the structure in order for it to be fully immersed amongst the surrounding vegetation. additionally, it was important to the client that the site would not be over-excavated, but rather emerge gently out of the existing landscape. the copper-toned exterior uses a bespoke corten paneling that is wrapped around the dwelling. a nod to the  providing the required bushfire screening to glazing, and the ability to be opened and closed as needed.

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half the property is clad in corten, the other is protected by a screening

 

 

on the inside, the elongated floorplan is composed of discrete sleeping and study spaces which have been organized towards the rear of the dwelling, allowing for the living and social spaces to be more transparent and exposed until finally opening out towards the north and north-east elevations. furthermore, screening along the east provides some visual privacy from the neighboring properties whilst not compromising any of the views or natural light. coupled with a spacious balcony located at the end of the dwelling, the residents can go upstairs to the rooftop deck.

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during the design process, it was important to the owner that the site was not to be over-excavated

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a sheltered balcony is located at the end of the property, providing a tranquil space for relaxing

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natural light fills the living space and kitchen from morning until late afternoon

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the living spaces are positioned to face out towards the balcony area

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the corten cladding, which was designed bespoke for this project by the architects can be opened and closed

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access is gained from underneath

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there is a rooftop deck, providing 360 views of this tranquil landscape

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views of the rich vegetation of mount macedon can be seen

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screening along the east provides some visual protection from the neighbouring properties

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mount macedon house by field office architects

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