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    House on Red Hill

    by Jennifer LeClaire

    The abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell once said, "Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it." Those words convey the inspiration behind much of the work of Christopher Harty and Chris Botterill.

    Harty and Botterill are principals of Christopherchris Architecture, a Melbourne-based firm that designed the Red Hill Residence for a young family relocating from a busy city to Australia's peaceful Mornington Peninsula, in southern Victoria. The region is known for its lavish cliff-top mansions, lazy beachside vacationers, grand historic gardens, and lively local markets.

    Indeed, the architects' zeal for contemporary art, music, and technology contributed to an architectural design that amplifies these pleasures of life.

    "Red Hill is the culmination of ideas and interpretations we have been considering over many years," says Botterill. He and Harty had worked under some of Australia's best known architects and developed ideas about how to roll modern architecture into an environmentally conscious building. The result is the Red Hill Residence, their first major completed project.   >>>

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    Red Hill Residence, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, by Christopherchris Architecture.
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