Australian Capital Territory
Fossil House is located across from the O’Connor Ridge bushland on a street with a legacy of mid-century architect designed homes. Taking cues from the site context, both landscape and architecture, a contemporary house rises out of the earth with its fossil-coloured block base. It is confident in scale yet calm in materiality.
Working with a challenging sloping site, the north facing internal spaces are segmented into a series of interconnected levels that step up with the site, each level visually connected to the next. Every space is modestly scaled yet generous through their relationships with each other.
Fossil House deliberately ignores convention and design trends in its pursuit to be at one with its context. It delivers a warm and homely environment that supports connectedness for its occupants. Net zero carbon credentials, high quality construction, and thoughtful material selection will allow this house to stand the test of time.
Like its namesake, Fossil House emerges from the contours of its site as an earthy addition to the landscape. The house effectively steps up through the steep incline, and the architect has masterfully articulated the home over multiple levels that shift in scale while following the raked ceiling of cross laminated timber beams within.
Views of the bushland beyond are carefully selected providing privacy and intimacy throughout. Rob Henry Architects has created a wholesome home, sure to truly stand the test of time.
Rob Henry, Project Architect
Chloe Yin, Graduate of Architecture
Northrop Engineers, Structural Engineer