Elemental House

Immune to wind, sun, and bushfire, the Elemental House is a protective shelter sitting on a hilltop outside of Melbourne. The compact home contains just one bedroom, one bathroom, and a living area, making for a small footprint and minimal impact on the terrain. It's composed of a small rectangle topped with an oversides canopy. Both the base and the roof are clad in sustainably-harvested spotted gum, a native timber that can stand up to the harsh Australian elements. Over time, its hue will weather to a silvery finish and blend into the surrounding landscape. Internally, a moody palette is created by black walls, cabinets, and glossy burnished concrete. The same spotted gum lines the ceiling while panels of glazing afford views of the rugged scenery.

Photos: Jack Lovel & Dave Kulesza / Ben Callery Architects

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