You can't ask for a better site than these secluded 100 acres of pristine Australia land adjoining ocean views with protected national wilderness. The house seeks to insert unobtrusively into the natural landscape by taking on a simple, low-lying shape. Materials (rammed earth, concrete, glass, steel) also help reconcile the human interruption. From the entrance out, the house gradually reveals the landscape in a process of inside versus outside.
Rainwater is collected and used, and wastewater is treated on site. By Nicolas-Burns Architects
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