Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

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Melbourne, Australia
Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Facade, Garden
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Text description provided by the architects. Victorian home creates a cascade of contemporary family living spaces within a bushfire area.

Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Table, Sofa, Windows, Chair, Beam
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Environmental and bushfire restrictions proved to be little deterrent to a Melbourne couple determined to build a contemporary rural retreat in a prime location on a stunning bushland perch above the Yarra River.

Ground Floor Plan

This family home completed in 2014 utilizes the challenges of the site to create a series of dynamic spaces that slide & tumble with the natural terrain, flooding the house with light and capturing spectacular bushland views.

Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Wood, Beam, Facade, Deck, Garden, Patio, Handrail, Courtyard
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The siting of the Warrandyte House is highly dramatic and not without its challenges.

On first inspection the site had a dense coverage of scrub with restricted access and relatively close proximity to neighboring dwellings. Falling steeply to the river and covered by both Environmental and Bushfire Overlays (BAL29), the property brought to bear some interesting and at times conflicting constraints to potential design.

Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Facade, Chair, Garden
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What has resulted is a plan form that slides with the landscape, with deliberately solid east and west walls flanking almost entirely open central spaces that direct views to the sky & treetops beyond. Practical, private, service areas are concealled within a rich material pallette that create a warm textural foil to contemporary family living.

Section BB

The house is modest in area with a highly efficient & elegant plan offering flexibility, growth and practicality for its young family.

Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Table, Windows, Chair, Beam
© Marvelle Photography

Centered around a series of cascading internal & external entertaining terraces, with fully operable doors to offer light and connectivity these modest individual floor areas can make way to more expansive spaces that articulate views, and channel breezes through the house.

Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Door, Windows, Beam, Facade
© Marvelle Photography

Despite the texture and solidity of the drystone walls that wrap the exterior and fold through a glazed circulation slot, the house has a lightness that is enhanced by twin butterfly roofs that lift the eaves to catch daylight from every direction.

Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Sofa, Lighting, Windows, Beam, Patio
© Marvelle Photography

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Cite: "Warrandyte House / Alexandra Buchanan Architecture" 08 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/782765/warrandyte-house-alexandra-buchanan-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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