Architecture, specifically the house, is an act of enabling shelter, a vessel through which in turn enables habitation and the ongoing experience of a particular time and place. Within the folding hills of its hinterland site, the Federal House acts as both experiential container for this place and as a conditioning object, consciously aware of its outsider status within the traditional ownership and legacy of this landscape.
▼项目概览，overview of the project ©Ben Hosking
▼建筑与场地，the house and the site ©Ben Hosking
▼山谷中的“局外者”，outsider within the folding hills ©Ben Hosking
The project was considered as a vehicle for a relationship between “site and modifier”, the place and the object, and envisaged to enable multiple readings, from beyond and from within.
▼通透的建筑立面，the transparent facade ©Ben Hosking
▼立面倒映自然环境，the facade reflecting the natural environment ©Ben Hosking
At distance the building is recessive, a shadow within the vast landscape. On arrival the projects fifth façade, the roof, transfers the work into sharp relief, a precise object purposefully foreign to its Bundjalung country landscape and the deep time frame of the indigenous heritage in which it is located.
▼体量的浮雕效果，the sharp relief of the volume ©Ben Hosking
On closer inspection, a highly textural outer skin of thick timber battens contrasts the earlier sense of a machined tectonic, allowing organic material gestures to drive the dialogue with physical human intimacy.
▼材料包含丰富肌理，a highly textural outer skin ©Ben Hosking
A reverberation of the settler colonial homesteads typology, the home carries verandah DNA into a tightly controlled envelope allowing modestly scaled living and bedrooms spaces to expand into a covered outdoor living space. This expansion and contraction of the interior allows shifts between the intimate and the public, between immediate landscape and the expansive unfolding landscape to the north. The deep verandah space allows for a shadow gradient to emerge between inner and outer thresholds, enhancing the sense of sanctuary from the surrounds and its variable weather conditions. It allows one to be outside in torrential rain and avoid the burning midday sun.
▼看向入口庭院，view of the entrance ©Ben Hosking
▼入口空间，the entrance space ©Ben Hosking
Anchoring the project beneath the upper platform is a subterranean pool, linked to a planted void in the heart of the home. On entry, this void allows a glimpse through ferns to the still body of water beneath. Alternate to the expanding upper level, the descent into the pool void reveals an intense interiority, the lighter upper materiality giving way to heavy mass, grounding the building and bringing with it a heightened sense of place.
▼看向中心花园，view of the central garden void ©Ben Hosking
▼具有高度感的空隙，a heightened sense of place ©Ben Hosking
On entering the water, the building becomes an instrument for the phenomenogical. The mirrored horizon at the end of the pool draws one to its edge, and back again to the garden platform, its cavernous volume resembling more closely a freshwater swimming hole than a classic lap pool.
▼楼梯通向地下水池，the stairs leading to the subterranean pool ©Ben Hosking
▼水池空间，the subterranean pool ©Ben Hosking
Discussions with the client which drew from texts by Zumthor, Tanizaki and Pallasmaa, allowed the journey into this atypical condition and they must be applauded for venturing into the unknown here.
▼起居空间，the living space ©Ben Hosking
▼开放厨房，the open kitchen ©Ben Hosking
▼向北侧景观开放的阳台，veranda open to the north view ©Ben Hosking
▼休息室，lounge ©Ben Hosking
▼卧室，the bedroom ©Ben Hosking
▼空间陈设，the furnitures ©Ben Hosking
All spaces are naturally ventilated with air drawn across the cooler pool surface and into the upper surrounding verandah spaces, helping to stabilise the ambient temperature throughout the home. Rain water is harvested in a 60,000L tank. The building utilises an aerated wastewater treatment system and includes infrastructure to utlise a PV solar array on the planned future storage shed.
▼细部，details ©Ben Hosking
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan ©Edition Office
▼下层平面图，lower floor plan ©Edition Office
▼立面图，elevations ©Edition Office
Project Name: Federal House
Designers: Edition Office
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
Firm Location: Melbourne, Australia
Completion Year: 2020
Gross Built Area: 424m2
Project location: Federal, NSW, Australia
Lead Designers: Kim Bridgland, Aaron Roberts
Lead Curators/designers e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Aaron@edition-office.com
Landscape Designer: Florian Wild
Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
Builder: SJ Reynolds Constructions
Photo credits: Ben Hosking
Photographer’s website: benhosking.com.au
Photographer’s e-mail: email@example.com