Armidale in New South Wales, Australia is a city where rural life and culture meet so this High Country House tries to combine the two into a contemporary expression of the surroundings with a design created by the Luigi Rosselli Architects practice.
The clients themselves have a flourishing agricultural business and also occupy white collar jobs, so their home is a reflection of their lives, overlooking a valley from a peak at a height of 1000 meters. The climate in the area has cold winters with fog covering the valley and the designers maintained the glassy slopes intact with a concrete platform as the house’s foundation.
The house integrates passive solar principles and the sheds and barns are placed further away from the main residence. The slab underneath the home is covered in corrugated steel to hide the large water tanks and to protect from possible fires and along with the concrete they ensure thermal mass to maintain a constant temperature.