Lachlan Shepherd Architects

Highton House

Geelong, VIC, Australia

Rebecca Wilkinson

  • Geelong, VIC, Australia
  • 267m2
Project Year
  • 2017
  • Ben Hosking

Emanating with open spaces and natural light, this home was designed for an expanding family of four and set amongst the beautiful landscape of Geelong.

Sitting on a large corner allotment with substantial valley views across Highton and to the granite ridges of the You Yang’s beyond, this house designed by Lachlan Sheperd Architects is a beautiful fusion of warm woods and crisp contemporary lines.

Design of the house has been separated and zoned into three distinct areas. A wing for the kids which comes with a small rumpus area and bathroom. A main living area, dining, kitchen zone and a parent’s bedroom which has been designed as a retreat away from the kids.

With the site being on a corner, the house turns its back on the two roadways, adjacent with only highlight glazing for crossflow ventilation present on these facades.

The final design outcome of the house, was to cut into the sides of the allotment, giving it a private low-slung street presence.

Once the home is entered, a dramatic shift in scale occurs, with over height ceilings throughout and floor to ceiling north glazing works, which harness the winter sun and being the courtyard and pool areas into the home. Whilst also exposing the main living areas to the ever-present distant views of the You Yan’s beyond.

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