Pokolbin House | Matthew Woodward Architecture

Across a natural ridge over a slope of heritage vineyards, lies a sequenced ternary of interconnected pavilions. Here, the pragmatic demands of a working estate in one of Australia’s most established wine regions are combined with the refined easiness of a Sydney family’s country retreat.

The house is arranged with poetic rationality and is unified by a series of open-air connections.

The restrained material palette of stone and whiteness accompanies both the spatial and formal purity of the home. The choreography of circulation incorporates sky, ground and views with cantilevered overhangs that provide functional protection from harsh Australian conditions.

There is a considered balance of openness and privacy for family and friends and a mindfulness of surrounding nature in one of Australia’s most celebrated wine destinations.

Olive Tree House | Bastian Architecture

Olive Tree House is a new urban infill project, it has been designed to challenge the Australian norm of housing, it is half the size of an average Australian home, sits on a site half the size of an average site and provides flexible – rather than large spaces.

Situated within sight of Stockton beach and the Hunter river the house responds to the coastal location. Planned for the inevitable summer afternoons at the beach and winter afternoons on the deck the house is flexible and allows for parts of the house to be left open to catch the coastal breeze or connect to the winter sun. The mature Olive tree is retained to provide shade and habitat for the site.

It is a small house in which every metre works hard to provide quality living spaces.

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