Built as a private retreat in the city, the house is constructed from low maintenance, naturally fire safe materials with an emphasis on sustainability and openness. The bushland site originally contained old and abandoned sandstone quarries which have created the back drop and informed the creation of external spaces and the location of rooms within the house.
A natural swimming pool, which uses native and endemic Tasmanian plants as the filter, has been created in the space previously occupied by a small pond in the bottom of the quarry, and this now provides an extension to the living space.
Dolerite stone walls built by artisans and sandstone paving all reference the local area and the site and create the important connection of house to landscape.
Polished concrete slabs, masonry internal and external walls, solar photovoltaics used to offset energy consumption, super insulation to walls and ceilings and low emissivity double glazing, along with under slab and slab edge insulation have created a home which is comfortable year round.
The house includes a fire bunker which doubles as a store room and active roof mounted sprinkler systems designed by CDA Architects are for protection from direct fire attack.