Placed on the side of its eponymous mountain in the Central Highlands region of Victoria, the Mount Macedon House builds upon the landscape, rather than adapting it to fit the home. The corten-clad portion of the building, necessary to meet brushfire screening codes, holds the three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling glass encases the open kitchen and living room, with screening around the outside providing some privacy and letting in natural light without obscuring the views, best taken in from the rooftop deck.
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Imagine balancing on the peak of Pic-Saint-Loup in southern France, taking in views as far out as the Mediterranean. Architect Christophe Benichou has visualized this dream-like scenario with his Tipping Cube concept. Accessed by a set of stairs, the viewing platform is encased by a leaning boxed structure made from a perforated roof — providing a needed break from the sun — and a set of opaque sides that force your attention forward to a large opening. This setup creates a 360-degree panorama that stretches from the surrounding Montpellier mountains, out past the Cévennes, and to the sea ahead.
Christophe Benichou Architectures