Invermay House by Moloney Architects
Located near the Australian city of Ballarat, the Invermay House represents a contemporary residence designed by Moloney Architects. The timber-clad end of this house cantilevers over the edge of a concrete block base, providing stunning views of the countryside as a result.
This home was designed for a family of six who wanted a residence that draws attention to its rural setting. They specified that the bedrooms should be located on the first floor to recall the houses they were used to in their native Ireland even though the architects originally proposed a single-story layout.
From the architects: “The brief for this family home on a large sloping site near Ballarat required the framing of south facing views whilst maximizing north light. Living spaces on the ground floor engage directly with the outdoor and landscape spaces, whilst the upstairs bedrooms have views into the surrounding tree canopies. The cantilevered form sets up a dramatic view over Ballarat, and is oriented east-west to provide every room with access to north light.
The form is a simple linear block, divided internally into a series of horizontally and vertically connected open spaces. The envelope uses naturally fire resistant spotted gum cladding, insulated in-situ concrete panels, and split-face concrete block to suit the site’s BAL29 bushfire rating. The cladding will be left to weather, reflecting the grays of the surrounding bush.”