High Country House / Luigi Rosselli Architects

High Country House / Luigi Rosselli Architects

© Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Edward Birch + 18

Houses  · 
Armidale, Australia
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Luigi Rosselli Architects
  • Landscape Architect Authors of this architecture project text, William Dangar ,
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • architects

  • location

    Armidale, Australia
  • Project Team

    Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch, Corrado Palleschi
  • Landscape Architect

    William Dangar
  • photographs

  • Builder

    Jeff Rolley
  • Structural Consultant

    Charles Blunt of Rooney & Bye (Australia) Pty Ltd Consulting Engineers
  • Joiner

    Kirrawee Kitchens
  • Interior Designer

    Darryl Gordon Design
  • Electrical Contractor

    Troy Miller Electrical
  • Plumbing & Hydraulics Contractor

    Damien McCann Plumbing
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© Edward Birch
© Edward Birch

Text description provided by the architects. This hill top house is an expression of the unique meeting of rural life and culture, situated close to a remote New South Wales country town, home to a university, a regional art gallery and many other cultural institutions.

© Edward Birch
© Edward Birch

The clients seamlessly combine their flourishing agribusiness with their white collar and cultural occupations. Gentlemen farming. The materials outside are resistant to bushfires and the harsh winter climate, while maintaining a crisp and urban finish. The Interiors are an urbane and cultured refuge to a collection of art and indigenous artefacts collected in Africa and Asia. There is no place for whips, saddles and country style clichés. Their modern “Homestead” is located at the peak of the property overseeing the health of the cattle in the valley below through large windows and strategically oriented “wings”, each with a unique view of the meadows.

© Edward Birch
© Edward Birch

The 1000 meter of altitude are felt outside with cold winter fog covering the valley, whilst inside the house is a refuge enhanced by strongly integrated passive solar design principles.The farm sheds and barns are located remotely, creating a separation of work and family life for the owners.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Keeping nature intact, the grassy slopes of the hill continue all the way up under the concrete platform. The slab and the corrugated steel skirt under, are a protection against grass fires and conceal large water tanks. The concrete and the tanks provide ample thermal mass to balance the temperature extremes that high country encounters.

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Cite: "High Country House / Luigi Rosselli Architects " 26 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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