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Architecture: Country Victoria House

September 20, 2011

Intermode’s modular house design in rural Victoria features a series of low pavilions that engage with the stark and open landscape.

The site for this country house at Kilmore, 60km north of Melbourne, covers approximately 500 acres and is used for cattle farming. An open site with only slight fall, the house is sited within a paddock previously burnt out by bush fire in an area defined by a cluster of burnt tree trunks to the south, and views to the property’s dam to the north.

The design for the house embraces the philosophy of the modular approach. The extensive program was designed into a series of pavilions, some connected by glazed links while other volumes are freestanding, with only external decking providing connection to the main house.

The forms of the pavilions were conceived as free-standing elements, darkly clad, to sit as objects within the stark surrounding landscape. The notion of the pavilion was used to create semi enclosed external areas, providing protection from the harsh winds while defining view lines.

Exploring the notion of the pavilions as stand-alone objects, the house forgoes the typical notions of ‘front and rear’. Instead, the pavilions are used to define seasonal areas of dark broody spaces for the cooler months, protected from the elements, with openable lighter areas for the warmer months that maximise connection with outdoor areas and the cooling breezes.

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