Photo Essay: Invisible House
INVISIBLE HOUSE BY PETER STUTCHBURY
Where does the time go? With the busyness of life and the relaunching of this website, this blog post was lost in the shuffle! We had the privilege of staying at the Invisible House at the end of last year. The 2014 House of the Year by Peter Stutchbury Architecture; this house is nestled into a ridge, overlooking the Blue Mountains. It takes the name "Invisible House" from the roof detail: a deep recess acting as a holding tank for water, but also reflecting the trees and sky around it, thereby rendering it "invisible".
The plan was to have a weekend to unwind and relax, but with all the beautiful and thoughtful architectural details, one was kept busy with exploring and photographing! There is a simplicity in the materials, colours and textures referencing back to the surrounding landscape. Formply joinery, raw brass fittings and concrete. Even the purple streak in the Ulan stone from Mudgee, that form the walls throughout, references the tiny native plants that coat the surrounding hillside. The rust red light boxes that sit on the roof are reminiscent of old tin sheds from days gone by. Elsewhere, walls and windows slide to reveal new room functions and change views. Staying here is all about exploring and marveling!
While the house is grand in scale, there are moments where you felt transported back in time. Standing at a simple metal basin, daydreaming out over a valley view through an open metal window, you would be forgiven for thinking you were on a homestead back in the 1800s. I appreciated my visit here, not only for the visual stunning architecture, but how it gave pause for thought as well.