This weekend getaway come retirement home nestled in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, Australia, explored the workers cottage typology and proposed an abstraction of the traditional ‘lean-to’ extension. Bringing together local craftspeople, the project was a curation of recycled and regional materials, with a focus placed on timbers from the clients’ ancestral landscape. Connection to land and light were paramount, with an existing orchard being the focus of the main living spaces of the project. These living spaces were then anchored around an existing restored workers bench at the core of the program, providing a hub for the houses activities to continue to revolve around. Care was placed in every detail, with experimentation allowing for inventive re-workings of the everyday.

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Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Stools, Recessed Lighting, and Gas Burning Fireplace. Living room daybed and fireplace composition. Photo  of KihillaView Photos

Living room daybed and fireplace composition.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Northern elevation; Australian Cypress, concrete, and river red gum. Photo 2 of KihillaView Photos

Northern elevation; Australian Cypress, concrete, and river red gum.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Custom river red gum sliding windows and australian cypress door. Photo 3 of KihillaView Photos

Custom river red gum sliding windows and australian cypress door.

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Coffee Tables, Stools, Storage, Recessed Lighting, Bookcase, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Living room window connection with orchard beyond. Photo 4 of KihillaView Photos

Living room window connection with orchard beyond.

Project plan Photo 5 of Kihilla modern homeView Photos

Project plan

Modern home with Living Room, Recessed Lighting, Storage, Bench, Medium Hardwood Floor, Chair, and Coffee Tables. Living room connection to dining, bathroom beyond. Photo 6 of KihillaView Photos

Living room connection to dining, bathroom beyond.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Glass bridge connection between new and existing. Photo 7 of KihillaView Photos

Glass bridge connection between new and existing.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Recessed Lighting, Storage, Accent Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Dining room table and restored slow combustion cook top at centre of plan. Photo 8 of KihillaView Photos

Dining room table and restored slow combustion cook top at centre of plan.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Storage, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Shifting volumes of living spaces  linked by restored industrial work bench. Photo 9 of KihillaView Photos

Shifting volumes of living spaces linked by restored industrial work bench.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Visual connections between dining, living, and garden beyond. Photo 10 of KihillaView Photos

Visual connections between dining, living, and garden beyond.

Modern home with Doors, Wood, Exterior, and Swing Door Type. Custom pivot doors off dining room between new and existing. Photo 11 of KihillaView Photos

Custom pivot doors off dining room between new and existing.

Modern home with Doors, Exterior, Swing Door Type, and Wood. Custom pivot door; composition of river red gum, kangaroo leather, stainless steel, and glass. Photo 12 of KihillaView Photos

Custom pivot door; composition of river red gum, kangaroo leather, stainless steel, and glass.

Modern home with Bath Room, Concrete Counter, Concrete Floor, Open Shower, Ceiling Lighting, Stone Tile Wall, Metal Wall, Light Hardwood Floor, and Metal Counter. Bathroom material palette of concrete, Australian white beech, slate, stainless steel, and glass illuminated from above. Photo 13 of KihillaView Photos

Bathroom material palette of concrete, Australian white beech, slate, stainless steel, and glass illuminated from above.

Modern home with Bath Room, Concrete Counter, Metal Counter, Concrete Floor, and Stone Tile Wall. Custom cast in-situ concrete vanity. Photo 14 of KihillaView Photos

Custom cast in-situ concrete vanity.

Modern home with Bath Room, Concrete Counter, Metal Counter, Light Hardwood Floor, Concrete Floor, Open Shower, Ceiling Lighting, Stone Tile Wall, and Metal Wall. Off form concrete bath hidden below timber trapdoor. Photo 15 of KihillaView Photos

Off form concrete bath hidden below timber trapdoor.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and A-Frame RoofLine. Southern elevation; existing cottage. Photo 16 of KihillaView Photos

Southern elevation; existing cottage.

Photographer
  • Owen Zhu
Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 1100