Grabbing the attention of passers-by with its imposing asymmetric shape, the Hill House sits on a narrow site with a north-south orientation in Mount Martha, Australia. Capturing views from atop its hillside location, the modern residence was intended for a client who wanted a home that would encompass the vicinity of the beach in its open and warm design. The owner enjoys having friends over, so the house’s program was designed to accommodate both the client’s personal lifestyle and these get-togethers the client enjoys so much.
Imagined by Rachcoff Vella Architecture, this sculptural architectural work showcases a flexible floor plan that allows its inhabitant and guests to enjoy the views from many vantage points, both inside and outside the home. “The building was conceived in two parts: a simple linear plan responding to the site, and a curvaceous and embracing form delivering a requirement of the brief. The later is a request for an engaging and welcoming facade that was delivered by distorting the form to offer a distinct personality and suggestion of protection.”
The two-story beach home features adjustable sun controlled external louvers which adjust the amount of natural light reaching the interiors. In this open space, guests feel comfortable and relaxed and they have revery eason to feel that way. The spaces flow from one into the next, engaging the surroundings as they reveal carefully chosen furniture and inspiring details. A calm environment was achieved by using white walls to accentuate the presence of matte finished spotted gum, Grey Tundra natural stone and the colorful furniture and details seen throughout the space.
“Essentially the main occupant lives on the first floor taking in the natural light and views and when required the ground floor can open up like a hotel for guests as they arrive.The ground floor is zoned both spatially and mechanically with separate heating and cooling. Bedrooms are treated like suites with suitcase layout space in each robe, day-spa bathroom and access to the views on the adjacent ground floor terrace, giving the guest a sense of both seclusion and being on holiday.”