Designed for a young family, this five-bedroom, two-bathroom house near Red Hill, Victoria, Australia is sited along the top of a ridgeline on Mornington Peninsula, with commanding views of the valley below.
The house is composed of two long, perpendicular wings that intersect at the kitchen. The larger, north-south wing contains all the common spaces of the home, while three bedrooms, and one bathroom comprise the east-west wing. A master bedroom suite is positioned just above the kitchen with views to the distant Bass Strait. An open common room at the center of the main wing includes living, dining, and entry spaces. Built-in shelving and a low fireplace serve to define these three areas. A private study/ guest room anchors the end of the main wing.
Environmental sensitivity is evident in this house. Thick rammed-earth walls and deep overhangs shield the living spaces from the harsh sun. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors along the length of the common room provide light and natural ventilation. Rainwater is harvested from the metal roof and stored in two large tanks behind the garage.
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