Angaston Hill

Taylor Buchtmann Architecture

Angaston Hill is a cluster of dwellings designed to house four generations. Comprising Park House, the Long House and the Pickle House, this is a family of dwellings, each different, yet clearly related.

The three houses are organised as a series of plateaus connected by ramped and stepped circulation, around a central linear axis. The street presence is deliberately informal, with a blurred boundary in keeping with the edge of township location. The cluster of buildings respects the settlement pattern of Angaston, being a series of pavilions in the landscape. Traditional forms rendered in a contemporary interpretation.

Elongated forms, with a slender section, are central to the design – evolving from the site topography, and to reinforce the original stone wall defining the rear boundary.

Views are both framed of the existing township middle ground and larger open vistas to the distant hills. Low sills accommodate the seated perspective. Significant tree views are achieved from borrowed landscape, while views to the South capture the original stone boundary wall.

The material palette is deliberately neutral with some subtle highlights to the interiors, these become more saturated stepping up the site. Each house has an individual identity achieved through the use of similar materials, but with different emphases.

Angaston Hill is a complex approach to multi-residential living, housing three distinct, varying sized, dwellings in a single development. While a very specific response to both site and client, it is designed to function equally well with unrelated occupants. It provides a concept that could be successfully deployed elsewhere.

Photography by Peter Barnes, Stuart Blackwell, Michael Buchtmann

Lighting: The Light Impact, Belin, Gubi, Umage. Fittings & Fixtures: Caroma, Johnson Suisse, Ram Tapware, Stiebel Eltron.