Griffin House

  • Completed 2007

Griffin House anchors into and reflects its national park setting. The brief was for a house that connects with the landscape and responds to the steep site, enabling the clients to enjoy the natural environment from all areas. 

The planning and layering of the internal volumes and levels provide an unfolding sequence of movement through the house. Views shift from intimate and focused to open and distant, all revealing different aspects of the environment. 

The house’s solidity of form mirrors the proportions and strength of the surrounding large gum trees and rock outcrops. With its muted exterior tones, the building melds into the landscape.

Natural light, north-facing windows, passive ventilation and the use of generous overhangs all create calm and inviting spaces, and also contribute to the house’s excellent thermal performance.

Materials were selected to be natural and to patina over time, avoiding the need for regular maintenance. Quality and longevity of the design, structure, materials and fittings were paramount in maximising the life cycle of the building.

The builder, structural engineer, landscaper and formworker shared the practice’s vision for the house, delivering exceptional workmanship in every detail. Griffin House is set to accommodate the client’s growing family in a site they love for many years to come.

  • Completed 2007

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