Perched in the treetops on the hill behind Eltham Village, Silvertop House is a contemporary expression of the natural living synonymous with this beautiful locality and its inhabitants.
The house has an elevated L-shaped floorplan that take advantage of the sloping site while overcoming its difficulties. The front of the house is raised so the living spaces and deck are in the treetops enjoying unobstructed sunlight while maintaining privacy from the street below. The cantilevered deck draws occupants out into their leafy surrounds where vertical and horizontal Silvertop Ash timber slats provide more privacy and control summer sun.
From the street the rectilinear form appears to delicately float in the treetops. The façade changes from opaque to transparent as the Silvertop board & batten cladding transitions into semi-transparent timber slats. This rough-sawn hardwood, from sustainably managed Victorian plantations, is greying gracefully, blending the house into its’ surrounds.
Ben Callery, Design Architect
Jennifer Payette, Project Architect
Metro Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Richard Rees Consulting, Structural Engineer