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Hill Plains House

Hill Plains House Hill Plains House

Wolveridge Architects

Victoria Entries 2011


Winner of The Sustainability Award, 2011

Highly Commended, Recycled Timber, 2011



The rectilinear planform of the building is based in agricultural construction and considers the integration of object and landscape. This idea is drawn from Victorian era farm structures of the region where buildings were developed largely on pragmatic terms.

The building structure is typical of portal frame construction, incorporating 5no. 4m modules. The rectilinear plan is punctured by a service core, forming an axial nature within the plan.

The main living room, centrally located on the plan provides a protected outdoor alternative in most wind conditions. Large oversized custom 250x31mm blackbutt cladding of the building’s ends incorporate framed views and organizes the building program with central living/services core and sleeping zones cradled in timber at each end.

An attempt to create an ‘australianess’ with a rugged exterior, characterized by a palette of natural materials, a sense of craftsmanship and childhood reminder of growing up in the 70’s.

Consciously, the house employs non-domestic materials – steel/concrete/recycled timber/concrete masonry. A dark interior draws the eye to the external vista reinforcing the connection with site.

This palette incorporates a number of recycled timbers including internal plywood wall and ceiling lining recycled from Pilkington site delivery crates. The sheets come in 2400x600 complete with nails, markings and are finished using a black penetrating stain. The vaulted ceiling lining is offcuts from structural beams milled for recycled flooring. Elsewhere recycled Baltic pine flooring is used to line a large sliding wall panel and basement hatch, due to its light weight. The natural finish provides a warm contrast to the otherwise black stains. The master bedroom wall is lined entirely from an old pack of recycled hardwood flooring. Pergola posts recycled turpentine. The offgrid dwelling is highly insulated, ventilates naturally and is powered by a 2kw solar/battery system with remotely located subground backup generator.
Entered into:
  • Recycled Timber, 2011
  • Australian Certified Timber, 2011
  • Timber Panels, 2011
  • Timber as a Structural Element, 2011
  • Engineered Timber Products, 2011
  • Solid Timber Cladding, 2011
  • Residential Class 1 New Buildings, 2011
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