As much an exercise in placemaking as architectural invention, Bryant Alsop carefully considered the beauty of the nature’s canvas and seasonal weather extremes when siting this contemporary, off-grid rural house.

Project Name: Gundowring House
Studio Name: Bryant Alsop
Tangambalanga, Australia
Photography: Rhiannon Slatter
Project size: 440 m2
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 1

Gundowring House by Bryant Alsop - Sheet1
Kitchen ©Rhiannon Slatter

It was determined that a deliberate gesture in robust materials would stand heroically – and stoically – in the pastoral setting; a monumental Cor-ten northerly façade punctuated with deeply recessed fenestration.

Gundowring House by Bryant Alsop - Sheet2
Backyard ©Rhiannon Slatter

Entry into a compressed hallway, at the end of which a picture window frames the vista down the Kiewa Valley, gives those arriving a moment. Off-form concrete blade walls running north-south are simple, tactile elements that order the arrangement of program; with other materials being deliberately raw and sustainable.

Gundowring House by Bryant Alsop - Sheet3
Dining Space ©Rhiannon Slatter

While starkly modern in form, the patina of rusted steel gives Gundowring House a sense of having been there forever. There is a strong sense that the home will nestle into its surroundings as the landscape grows into and around it.


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