In the most urbanised country on earth, a house in the most remote, isolated location capturing ‘something absolutely Australian’ has been named 2014 ‘Australian House of the Year’. The Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury was awarded the honour at the annual Houses Awards ceremony in Sydney on Friday evening.
Designed as a bush retreat for a filmmaker and painter, the home is located in rugged bushland overlooking the Meglong Valley, more than four hours west of Sydney. Among the project’s unique features is a sculptural four-metre cantilevered roof to reflect the sky and aid ‘invisibility’.
Praising the project, the jury said it represented something absolutely Australian, not just in its connection to an undeniably spectacular setting, but also its modesty, clarity, resourcefulness and consequential delight.
“Being (another) rural retreat with a jaw-dropping view, this project needed to convince the jury that all the moves made to create it are in harmony with its location, and that it is a great piece of architecture in its own right, and this it has,” they said.