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Elevated Plains, Victoria, Australia
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Named Oikos, a moniker derived from the ancient Greek word for home, this Cor-Ten steel vacation home resides in Hepburn Springs, Australia—a resort town about 90 minutes from Melbourne often referred to as "the spa center of Australia." Architectural firm Robert Nichol & Sons were tasked with constructing a holiday rental that would complement the already existing structures on their client’s sprawling property, called Breakneck Gorge, which include a homestead, another short-term rental, and some agricultural buildings.

The architects also sought to take advantage of the site’s spectacular scenery. "We knew our design had to respect and connect with this stunning location," they explain. "This region has a plethora of available short-term stays, but given the unique potential this site offered, connection to the landscape was critical."

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. In order to maintain privacy for both guests and homeowners, Oikos was designed with the strongest viewpoints in mind, capturing the best vistas while sheltering views back to the homestead.    Photo  of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

In order to maintain privacy for both guests and homeowners, Oikos was designed with the strongest viewpoints in mind, capturing the best vistas while sheltering views back to the homestead.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, and Metal Roof Material. The 11 Most Influential Architecture Trends of 2019 Photo 2 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

The 11 Most Influential Architecture Trends of 2019

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, and Metal Roof Material. Cor-Ten steel was selected both for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to integrate into the landscape, evolving over time and with the seasons. It also met the client's request for a building that didn't require ongoing external maintenance.  Photo 3 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

Cor-Ten steel was selected both for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to integrate into the landscape, evolving over time and with the seasons. It also met the client's request for a building that didn't require ongoing external maintenance.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Flat RoofLine, and Metal Siding Material. The 753-square-foot layout presents a series of interesting volumes that are discovered as one moves through the space.  Photo 4 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

The 753-square-foot layout presents a series of interesting volumes that are discovered as one moves through the space.

Modern home with Living Room, Standard Layout Fireplace, End Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Sofa, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Chair. The open-plan living space provides a front-row seat to the spectacular scenery, which is framed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that further integrate the outdoors. Photo 5 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

The open-plan living space provides a front-row seat to the spectacular scenery, which is framed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that further integrate the outdoors.

Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, Dark Hardwood Floor, Wall Lighting, and Bed. The bedroom also boasts a wall of sliding glass doors that open the home to its surroundings.  Photo 6 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

The bedroom also boasts a wall of sliding glass doors that open the home to its surroundings.

Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Bed, and Dark Hardwood Floor. The minimalist material palette incorporates light and shadows into a tonal, textural mix. The dark flooring and paneling are both Nero Oak Volcano from Mafi.   Photo 7 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

The minimalist material palette incorporates light and shadows into a tonal, textural mix. The dark flooring and paneling are both Nero Oak Volcano from Mafi.

Modern home with Bath Room, Undermount Sink, Porcelain Tile Wall, and Marble Counter. These Sekhia bathroom wall tiles are a Japanese product from Inax. The sink vanity is made from black Marquina marble, and the aged bronze faucets are from Brodware. Photo 8 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

These Sekhia bathroom wall tiles are a Japanese product from Inax. The sink vanity is made from black Marquina marble, and the aged bronze faucets are from Brodware.

Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Counter, Dark Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Porcelain Tile Wall, Undermount Sink, and Wall Mount Sink. The minimalist bathroom provides a calm, introspective experience. Photo 9 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

The minimalist bathroom provides a calm, introspective experience.

Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Counter, Porcelain Tile Wall, Freestanding Tub, Pendant Lighting, Soaking Tub, and Dark Hardwood Floor. The dramatic, handmade, black concrete soaking tub is from Boyd Alternatives, a local Victorian company that produces handmade baths. The color is an addition to the concrete mix.  Photo 10 of Oikos at Breakneck GorgeView Photos

The dramatic, handmade, black concrete soaking tub is from Boyd Alternatives, a local Victorian company that produces handmade baths. The color is an addition to the concrete mix.

The home steeps in dramatic views of the gorge. Photo 11 of Oikos at Breakneck Gorge modern homeView Photos

The home steeps in dramatic views of the gorge.

Oikos floor plan Photo 12 of Oikos at Breakneck Gorge modern homeView Photos

Oikos floor plan

Oikos site plan Photo 13 of Oikos at Breakneck Gorge modern homeView Photos

Oikos site plan

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • Robert Nichol & Sons
Interior Design
  • Robert Nichol & Sons
Builder
  • Nick Andrew Construction
Photographer
  • Jack Lovel
Bedrooms
  • 1
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2018
  • Square Feet
  • 753
  • Publications