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Architecture: Little Big House

Aug 11, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by ben hosking
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  • Architect Room11

Thomas Bailey and Megan Baynes designed and built this house for themselves in Fern Tree upon the eastern slopes of Mount Wellington high above Hobart. The siting is mindful of its context; positioned close and perpendicular to the curvilinear Huon Road. The house, on a vacant lot between established houses and gardens, is defensive and diagrammatic.

Tucked carefully between cadastral constraints and a magnificent birch tree, the footprint has been kept deliberately small. The dwelling is stacked across two levels that step to match the undulating terrain. It’s just a box. A clean volume with two exceptions: a service core and an entry air-lock. The house is designed to be intensely private. Apertures are purposefully positioned to create pure window types opening to either garden, sky or shadow. Polycarbonate cladding on the eastern and western facades render luminous shadow walls, which enable the house to be concurrently light and contained.

*Team* Designers: Thomas Bailey, Megan Baynes

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