Resident architecture expert, David Hallett from Ask An Architect, gives us his opinion on the Hunters Hill Textural House from Episode 8, Season 4 of Grand Designs Australia.
Niran and Daniela’s new Hunter’s Hill home demonstrates what’s possible when a client, an architect and a builder share a vision to create a special place.
The hero of the design is undoubtedly the expansive living area. Majestic in its own right, when the glazed doors are slid aside the interior blends seamlessly with the exterior to create a wonderfully integrated forum for family life.
It’s not just about clever planning or an ingenious structural solution, however – it’s about embracing notions of family and humanity that are often missing from larger homes. It’s also about the owners’ heritage...about village life, public piazzas and communal living.
The earthy textures of stone, off-form concrete and timber add to its rustic feel but make no mistake; this is a modern building. The flow of space – both horizontally and vertically – is in marked contrast to the original stone and timber cottages of the local neighbourhood. The drama of the gateway ‘reveal’; the double-height study and the sprawling volume of the indoor/outdoor living area reflect a skilful handling of space that adds character and atmosphere to the home.
Finally, the tree-lined, ‘processional’ approach, the expansive courtyards and the magnificent roof-top garden establish a special environment around this home. Building and landscape have been beautifully fused to create a private sanctuary that must surely be a wonderful place to live.
This is clearly an expensive house – particularly given its relatively modest size – but money doesn’t guarantee beauty any more than it buys happiness. Buildings like this owe as much to their creators as they do to a generous budget and close collaboration between client and architect has enabled this inspiring creation.
It responds magnificently to its owner’s desire for a warm, comfortable, family-friendly home and shows us that special places aren’t measured in dollars or dimensions…they’re measured in meaning.
Quality trumps quantity every time.