Nestled among the vines of the Red Hill region in Australia, this funnel-shaped home was designed to carefully manage sunlight and form a large sheltered outdoor space where the owners can relax and enjoy views of their estate. Finnis Architects envisioned the building as an open-plan space built using steel, timber and rammed earth.
The single-story residence is located near Melbourne, on the Mornington Peninsula. Built for a winery owner, the house combines modern and traditional building materials and features warm details that reference rural architecture. Its minimalist volume forms a large canopy oriented toward the vineyard, sheltering a large terrace framed with a transparent glass balustrade.
The open-plan interior received plenty of natural light through large, continuous glass windows and a timber-lined skylight. Toughened-glass panels create a visual connection between the ground floor and a large wine cellar in the basement which is supported by wooden beams. Wood permeates the entire structure, both structurally and in detail. “The home’s use of timber, both in the interior and exterior of the design, allows the materials to age naturally and blend in with the landscape,” explained the architects.
Photos by Les Hams