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 entrée 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