Having fitted cladding (see other picture here) to the back of our home in London, painted the front of the house and Steve’s tree house in black, the Ridge Road residence with its beautiful black cladding and its Butterfly chairs really stroke a chord with me.
This beautiful, architectural home is on the Mornington Peninsula (south of Melbourne) and has been designed by Studio Four.
Located within the Moonah Links golf course, the house is surrounded by nature and according to the Architect: “It is difficult to gain more than a glimpse of the dwelling through the surrounding vegetation. Where the house is visible, it blends within the landscape, the black timber cladding and dark reflective glass selected to help dematerialise the building form from its natural surrounds.”This is a grant building and project, which considering the size of the large windows fitted on steel frames, must have been quite pricey but I thought it was a great inspiring building to have in mind, should you consider adding black cladding to your home.
The Ochre Barn in Norfolk is another good example of building with black cladding.The large front deck has been designed on various levels to cancel out the slope on which the house is built on. The main deck is high above the ground and provides an amazing view of its surrounding, while the low lying decks provide privacy from the golf course below. Less is more…always.I’m not so taken by the inside of the house, not so much by the lack of decorative items because sometimes these shots get done right away after the project has been finished and before a family has moved in but because nothing really compares to the overall view of the outside building.
Note to readers: Several websites featuring this project including Dezeen and Archdaily, credited the wrong architectural company. I thought it was a bit odd that this project in Australia was done by a UK company and after a bit of digging and searching on the internet, I found the correct one. The Ridge Road project was done by Studio Four in Melbourne and not Studio Four in the UK.
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