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INVISIBLE HOUSE - By Peter Stutchbury Architecture Hampton Invisible House


Named 'Australian House of the Year', and winner of a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award for International Excellence, this unique, brave home by one of the nation's most globally recognised and lauded architects sings with the beauty of the Australian landscape.

Located approximately 2 hours west of Sydney on a secluded 75 hectare site offering breath-taking, panoramic views of the Megalong Valley, 'Invisible House' by Peter Stutchbury offers a quintessentially Australian experience, responding uniquely to the ancient site on which it sits.

Cleverly positioned under the brow of a ridge to maximise aspect and weather protection, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence represents the ultimate rural retreat: a one-of-a-kind, highly crafted shelter offering slipstream entree from a busy urban world to a reflective, natural one; a promise of 'slowing down', of connection.

Anchored by a wide, protective entrance gallery along its western elevation, all internal spaces are thrown open to the east and expansive, uninterrupted escarpment and valley views, with exaggerated ceiling heights in all public spaces emphasising the big-sky nature of this epic country. Balancing this: warm, contained, plywood-lined private spaces, eyries.

A simple palette of appropriately robust materials (off-form concrete, Mudgee stack stone, fine steel, hoop pine and form ply, brass and copper, fencing wire and star pickets) are used in delightful, unexpected ways - emphasising the extraordinary, bespoke nature of this home. Increasingly recognised internationally, 'Invisible House' represents an architecture of belonging, and of respect for its uniquely Australian place.

"Invisible House can be there or cannot... If the roof, with water, reflects the sky this building will never be found - until it is discovered." Peter Stutchbury

Upon approach, two apparently old rusting water tanks appear to the only sign of habitation on site. In reality, you're seeing 'Invisible House's' extraordinary roof, cantilevering almost four metres west in a series of undulations to protect the house from sunlight and extremes of weather while drawing filtered light in. Balancing this, a four-metre tapered cantilever reaches out to the east. Deeply romantic, and evocative of a stockman's hat, the roof is designed to act as both a dam and thermal device, while contributing to the house's 'invisiblility'. When full, the house is reduced to a shimmer on the landscape.

Sitting approximately 1100 metres above sea level on a sinuous ridgeline running north-south and opening to the east and west, 'Invisible House' boasts unparalleled, panoramic views of this ancient, unique mountain country. Oriented east on a steeply sloping site, the house offers soaring, uninterrupted views across the Megalong and Kanimbla Valleys - stunning 180-degree outlooks commonly reserved for those mid-air, mid-flight.

Affording property holders an opportunity to opt out, and truly immerse themselves in the beauty of the remote Australian landscape, the area is well connected and accessible by road, rail or coach from major centres and offers a range of attractions for those seeking to interrupt their solitude. The world-famous Jenolan Caves is an easy drive south, and the cafe and arts and crafts society of Katoomba, Leura and a range of other Blue Mountains hamlets to the east.

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