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Allens Rivulet House / Room11

  • 01:00 - 7 April, 2010
Allens Rivulet House / Room11
Allens Rivulet House / Room11, © Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Allens Rivulet TAS, Australia
  • Architects

  • Principal In Charge

    Aaron Roberts
  • Collaborators

    Nathan Crump, Thomas Bailey, James Wilson
  • Engineering

    Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
  • Site Area

    30 Acres
  • Area

    346.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The house has a duality of character and experience defined by the way it responds to context and use. On approach its angular and severe form is a toughened abstract container, bracing itself against the robust Tasmanian landscape and weather conditions. Passing through the “hollowed out” portals, the warm and sheltering underbelly is exposed and acts as a protective envelope. These areas of in-between, outside but surrounded by the building’s form, are a result of a considered approach to outdoor living within typical Tasmanian weather condition, ie “4 seasons in one day”. They allow one to sit in the sunshine but avoid the cold winter wind, or alternatively sit outdoors and avoid the harsh high UV summer sun. The spaces shift from fully enclosed to semi enclosed, with roof and without, culminating in a roof deck for maximum exposure and view.

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

The client’s wish for the kitchen to be the heart of the home generated the internallayout. A defined grid relating to the various uses set the kitchen at its centre, becoming slightly deformed as rooms were angled towards particular views. Revolving around this heart the house eventually lifts to peer over the first level ring and towards Mt Wellington.

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

Voids allow the heart to be visible from various spaces within the house. The compact plan is extended via the positioning of voids and linked external areas. Internal and external spaces are blurred at one extreme, and highly contained in others.

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

Dark metallic cladding was employed for low maintenance and to allow the building to recede into the shadows of the hill-scape when viewed from afar. Entry points and areas for outdoor living were conceptually cleaved out of the metallic box and lined with “warm” timber.

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

The house employs a suspended concrete slab through the living area for thermal mass, absorbing the heat transferred through glass walls to the north. Natural ventilation operates via airflow through the connecting adjacent tree voids.

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking
Cite: "Allens Rivulet House / Room11" 07 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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aHand · December 03, 2010

Kitchen is like a prison :P

Rabidbearpress · November 28, 2010

Allens Rivulet House / Room11 | ArchDaily via @archdaily - I want to live here. It&#39s so simple.

Hassan Al-muhannadi · September 19, 2010 @plethoraapp

WPstudios · April 13, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten I&#39d Live Here: Allens Rivulet House.

Nicholas Patten · April 13, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Allens Rivulet House.

Floatingworld · April 12, 2010

Love your work guys…
Great to see your work reach a global audience through Arch daily!
Hope to see more of your wonderful projects soon.

peter farman · April 09, 2010

really simple and clear set of ideas that results in an elegant piece of work will be keeping an eye out for your future work well done from an (ex) Tasmanian.

Matt Chan · April 09, 2010

Kick arse house boys.
Love your work.... maybe catch up at the conference.

lovebuckets · April 09, 2010

a sexy building by a sexy man.

sullka · April 08, 2010


My only critic is the kitchen.

Might had worked better a single bar with backup behind it instead of that almost closed "U" shape that takes too much space.

That would have give you more space for the dining/living, and the area that's currently the living room might have been a TV room/library or a secondary living.

EIther case, nice work.

Bruce · April 08, 2010

I like this house a lot; the contrast of the black corrugated siding and clear sealed wood is a very pleasing solution. The orientation to views and daylighting as well as sheltering from the harsh south also appears to be successful.

A few misses IMO: - the need to step onto the pebbles in the west "void" as one approaches the entry from the drive/west deck (could be solved by placement of a piece of... black slate near that corner); - the connection of the kitchen to the dining area (I want to create an opening to the north even though I assume there is seating at that side of the counter); - the lack of summer shading of the north dining area glazing, and lack of implementation of a green roof.

It would also have been nice to see: south and east views of the kitchen, the living room (showing the east view), and en suite bath; also a brief comment on mechanical/insulation systems used; where equipment is located would be helpful. (Is it all in the cellar?)

Nick Downes · April 08, 2010

Loving Allens Rivulet House / Room11 (via @archdaily)

up_today_arch · April 08, 2010

good work... good combination of square sheme and moore flexeble elevations....

rik · April 08, 2010

i truely think this is a wonderful house to live in. i share james' doubts about the kitchen, this was also my first thought. the combination of the material/detailing and size of the kitchen doesn't fit in such a pivot point in the house. also i think the windows on the side of the studio don't fit with the language of the rest of the house.
but congratulations to Room11, and mostly to the owners of this house.

angry tasmanian · April 08, 2010

it's ok. not one of my favs.

james · April 08, 2010

ive seen this house before. its a cracker. really not sure about the kitchen. the colour or materiality or something doesnt sit well with me, but apart from that i think its great.
These lads are doing some pretty good work.

Michael · April 08, 2010

Amazing location and beautiful landscape.
I think the covered deck and the open court look like really great places to sit and enjoy.
My only reservation is that the 'play' that happens in plan doesn't translate to the section. The result is that the 'box' ends up quite high off the ground on one side, on some fairly prosaic, spindly columns.
Perhaps if the section of the building more closely followed the topography the relationship between the indoor and outdoor rooms would be a lot more interesting.

Architist · April 08, 2010

well done.. I love the connection with the exterior.

+++ · April 08, 2010

fantastic work here


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