- Caroline Kurze
The Hill House is located in Melbourne, Australia. When building this unique form, Maynard Architects were challenged by small sites and limited sunlight that required a creative concept. They decided to craft an artificial hill to both separate and engage a backyard space, while lofting a living volume above it. The result is a contiguous wrapping surface that can be occupied in all kinds of ways, engaging the sun above via the tilted interior box but also providing a mix of light and shade for the outside zones. The remarkable effect is one of openness despite suburban enclosure – a sense of playful, natural and rural elements revisited in controlled modern forms.