Upside Down Akubra House by Alexander Symes Architect

An off-grid home located in the middle of a bull paddock

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▼场地鸟瞰,aerial context

▼住宅位于一个牧牛场中央,home in a bull paddock

Located in the middle of a bull paddock sits an off-grid home inspired by the iconic Australian Akubra hat. This inspiration came about at the first meeting with the clients on their bull farm, around 50mins south east of Tamworth. Celebrating the off-grid characteristics begins with the “humble” carport, although standing at 4.5m at the tallest point and covering an area of 80m2 this carport is far from humble. It is in fact a canopy of LG neon bi-facial photo-voltaics, which means that the solar cells are visible from the underside of the canopy celebrating the technology that powers the whole house.

▼西立面图,west elevation

▼北立面图,north elevation

▼装有太阳电池板的顶篷,the solar panel carport


The entry to the home is also the introduction to the single 450mm diameter gutter that collects all rainwater off the 560m2 roof. Setting aside the technical elements of the entry, the first glimpse of how the house has been nestled into the unique natural surrounds is revealed at the air lock front door. The air lock is made up of two 3m tall blackbutt timber framed glass doors through which a clear view is created down the central off form concrete spine of the house and through to the grove of native eucalypts that cluster on the northern side of the house.

▼入口轴线,entry axis

▼水槽能够收集屋顶排放的所有雨水,the single gutter collects all rainwater off the roof

穿越该空间后,便进入了开放式布局的书房、起居室和餐厅,并将人的目光吸引至Hanging Rock的壮观景色。整个房屋使用了高透光率的双层玻璃,在引入大量自然光的同时,还能够使内部空间全年维持舒适的温度。

On stepping through the air lock, the home opens up into the open plan study, living and dining areas with the simplicity and openness of the space allowing the eye to be drawn to the impressive vista to Hanging Rock. The use of double glazed, high visual light transmittent glass throughout the house contributes to the thermal comfort of the occupants throughout the year whilst allowing a high level of natural light to flood into the home.

▼相连的室内外空间,the interconnected interior and exterior

▼室内细部,joinery detail


The central spine of the house contains the utility and service rooms and is bounded by a textured off-form concrete wall. This blank canvas offers a simple backdrop to the owner’s indigenous art collection which is displayed throughout. Following this spine towards the view you come to the open plan kitchen which flows seamlessly to the outside bluestone patio that wraps around the northern and eastern elevations. The bluestone patio is ample in size creating outdoor rooms that extend the inside out and provides additional opportunities to gather and feel connected to the land.

▼混凝土墙壁为主人的土著艺术收藏提供了简洁的背景,the concrete wall offers a simple backdrop to the owner’s indigenous art collection

▼青石露台,the blue stone patio

▼从火坑望向山景,view to the Hanging Rock

▼透过屋顶的圆洞望向火坑,view to the fire pit from through the roof

▼屋顶视角,roof top view


The west wing of the house contains the modest bedrooms which have a low window to wall ratio to provide privacy and most importantly improve the thermal performance of these spaces in the harsh western sun. The windows follow the line of the horizon framing the views across the paddocks to the escarpment. This deliberate horizontal datum also slowly reveals the house to visitors as they approach on the western driveway that wraps around the house.

▼客人卧室,guest room

▼主人卧室,master bedroom


▼夜景,night view

▼住宅西北透视,northwest perspective

▼场地和景观平面图,site and landscape plan

▼平面图,floor plan

▼东立面图,east elevation

▼北立面图,north elevation


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