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The house is conceptualized as three ‘barns’ linked by planted gallery spaces and courtyards.  The roof gardens, which slope down to natural ground level, are planted with indigenous grasses and plants harvested from the site allowing the existing natural ecosystem to flourish unbroken.   Despite restrictive estate guidelines, the design maximizes views and ensures natural light and ventilation is abundant.  Judiciously placed skylights allow sun to wash the rammed earth walls, bringing an awareness of time and season, soil and earth.

The house is completely off the power grid.  The borehole supplements the rain water collected in two large tanks that flank each side of the house.  Doors and windows are double glazed.  The interior is clean and quiet, a backdrop to the landscape that surrounds the house, creating a constant connection to nature for the family.