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Templestowe House

project features

  • New residence in bush setting
  • Terraced house built into the hill
  • Built structure merges with bush environment
  • Panoramic views from every habitable room
  • Direct access into bushland
  • The residence cascades following the slope of the land
    The residence cascades following the slope of the land
  • South East elevation
    South East elevation
  • North East elevation (street view)
    North East elevation (street view)
  • Medium level plan
    Medium level plan
  • Study model
    Study model
  • Night view
    Night view

This new residence in the outer suburbs of Melbourne sits on an undeveloped block overlooking the Yarra River. In the surrounding area, many large dwellings are being constructed. The intention of our design is to respect the rural character of the site, draw on the experience of being outdoors and to construct a house that resembles and interprets the spatial qualities of the bush. 

The building itself, together with the walls that enclose it, are located to provide privacy from surrounding residences and to capture the views and the feel of the undeveloped landscape. Solid walls and open floor to ceiling glazing are given equal importance with regards to area; walls are placed to create a spatial depth that you find in the bush with both expanding and limiting views, small and large open spaces and an undefined edge.