The Vineyard House, Kangaroo Ground, was built with a variety of natural building materials. The home sits above a 12-hectare vineyard and takes full advantage of the spectacular views as its anchored into the hillside.
The collaborative work of Sheppard & Dwyer Architects, Eco Edge Homes and Bliink Interiors, the project integrates its surroundings into the design. The designers chose a neutral color palette consisting of stone, wood, glass, metal and steel. Natural building materials were chosen in an effort to blend into the lush landscape that surrounds the home.
The home was designed with the South side, which contains the home’s service areas, garage and cinema, clad in natural stonework picked from a Melbourne quarry. While the North side, creating a lighter feel, gives the appearance of levitation as its enveloped in glass and steel. The North side houses the living areas in the home such as bedrooms and therefore was designed to overlook the vineyard.
A captivating component of the exterior design is the butterfly roofline, which contains curved eaves that map the home’s fluidity. The roof was inspired by the gum leaf and is clad in Alucobond PLUS Champagne Metallic panels. The gum leaf is significant to Australian natives as a natural instrument but it is its shape that inspired the home’s skillion roof.
Additionally, a cantilevered timber deck on the north side enables further breathtaking views spanning past the property towards the Kinglake National Park and the Yarra Valley.
The home’s unique design was inspired by nature. Utilizing an organic color palette, the designers were able to build a structure with the integrity to sit within the most beautiful surroundings. Michael Sheppard of Sheppard & Dwyer Architects describes, “A lot of locals and sightseers assumed the structure didn’t fit into a traditional or recognizable house shape.”
photography courtesy of Sheppard & Dwyer Architects
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