Architects Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin, who work with lifestyle designs, had an imaginative idea to accommodate a family’s wish for an addition to their existing home.
Located near Melbourne, Australia, the Hill House takes a vertical approach and completely revolutionizes the look of the exterior with a slope built directly into the landscaping.
The spot faces north, which before the addition caused the backyard and parts of the indoors to be darker. When a 2-story extension was added, it further restricted the natural solar availability and made portions of the yard and home even more shadowed.
For the new addition, a black box looking building is unusually placed on top of a hill.
Constructed to incorporate a passive solar design, it effectively creates shading for the main area directly below. Since it faces the sun, the orientation of the added on building uses the upper eave to provide a way for heat to be stored and redistributed on colder days. It also helps keep hot sun out during warmer months. In addition to generating shade, it also drastically reduces energy use.
The unique landscaping feature assuredly gives way to endless hours of fun for kids, and adults probably gravitate toward it, too.
The added on area faces the original home’s main entrance, and since it sits well off of the ground it looks out to a clear view of the outdoors. There is also a rooftop garden that lends to a place where fresh produce can be grown all season long.
The family centered, open interior space is interesting, also. Bringing the playful appearance and feel indoors, the layout is inviting and emits a sense of connectivity. A spiral staircase sits right in the heart of the home and the dining area carries on to the outdoors.
A large, zero waste table adds to the communal feel.
In addition to producing a modern and efficient design, this team also delivered a refreshingly fun home.
All photographs are via Andrew Maynard Architects.
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