Having studied desert architecture in the United States, Sydney-based Fergus Scott Architects is well versed in passive solar and thermal design—techniques incorporated into the jaw-dropping Southern House in Australia. Clad in metal and topped with a sloped roof with deep overhangs, this gorgeous home boasts incredible views of the coastal surroundings.
It isn’t certain where exactly the Southern House is located, but there is no question that it is hands down one of the most attractive residential programs on Inhabitat. And if you detect a hint of Frank Lloyd Wright in the design that is also known as the “Brow of the Hill,” that makes sense too since the chief architecture has followed his work closely.
The sweeping roof provides a powerful aesthetic as well as shading, while thick walls, alcoves and an embedded courtyard and terrace all work together to mitigate excess solar gain in summer. And finally, the weathered rust brown essexite cladding gives the home something of an industrial aspect while also helping it to integrate within the enviable natural landscape.
Photos by Michael Nicholson