Winner of The Best Central Region (ACT & NSW) Award, 2011
Winner of The Residential Class 1 – New Buildings Award, 2011
Winner of The Timber as a Structural Element Award, 2011
Winner of The Recycled Timber Award, 2011
Escarpment House is located on a secluded rural escarpment overlooking the Hawkesbury River.
The placement and ordering of the building maintains and emphasises the natural elements and topography of the site.
The house is comprised of a series of linked timber and stone pavilions, located on the edge of a natural escarpment.
Each pavilion provides a unique vista and interaction with the surrounding landscape.
A guest studio is located in a clearing away from the main house.
Entry to the house is structured. A protected courtyard, garden and pond direct visitors to the entry pavilion.
From the entry pavilion, access is provided to either the more private family room and bedroom pavilions,
or the main room of the house, where family and guests gather.
The crafted use of familiar and robust materials are key to the success of the integration of the house into its natural setting.
Natural stone provides grounded landscape elements and a building plinth onto which the timber structures are located and cantilever.
A timber walkway leads over the escarpment through the tree tops,
to a unique room which provides views over the property and river beyond.
Escarpment House provides a retreat, rich in character and detail.