An abstract device for viewing and living
Richmond House is a three-bedroom home with artist studio. The design came out of a conversation with the client who appreciated the spectacular views from this site but specifically did not want a simplified endless sweeping view. There was an opportunity to direct and frame views from specific rooms.
The plan is organised around three distinct portals on the north-facing site; the studio looks out to the Tea Tree Valley; the living room The Coal Valley; and the kitchen directed to the Richmond village. Private spaces nestle into the hill of the site behind, where the plan is bent to follow contours, bringing these rooms into proximity with the casuarinas. The interior has a faceted white ceiling that rises and falls as you move through the house, recalling the hills beyond when covered in the low soft mist that regularly flows through the valley.
It was vital that the design be a response to both the site and to us. There are spectacular views to be had, but not in our opinion, to be relied upon architecturally. The resultant house is both comfortable and dramatic. It is both a sanctuary and an inspiration. It cossets us, while never failing to remind us that we live in something special.Mark Ringer & Mona ChooClient
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