This bold contemporary home perches high above the Yarra River at North Warrandyte on a raised plateau nestled amongst dense native bushland. View corridors and solar orientation directly influenced the building’s position and arrangement.

Project Name: North Warrandyte
Studio Name:
Alexandra Buchanan Architecture
Project size: 249 m2
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 2
Location: Victoria, Australia
Photography: Debra McFadzean

North Warrandyte by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Sheet1
Living Room ©Debra McFadzean

Twin butterfly roofs were developed to enable sailing eaves to frame views of the tree canopy and sky and allow sunlight to illuminate interior spaces via high level glazing. A split form allows two ‘wings’ of the dwelling to be sited independently so that views, privacy and outdoor access can be enjoyed unimpeded.

North Warrandyte by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Sheet2
Kitchen+Dining ©Debra McFadzean

Combining stone and timber with contemporary construction materials including glass and steel the dwelling takes its cues from the material character of the rocky and forested surrounds.

North Warrandyte by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture - Sheet3
Courtyard ©Debra McFadzean

Naturally finished stone walls bring tactility and warmth to the interior and allow the exterior of the building to gently recede into the bushland setting.


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