High Country House by Luigi Rosselli Architects

Luigi Rosselli Architects have designed an exclusive hill top residence in Armidale, a remote country town in New South Wales, Australia, home to a university, a regional art gallery and a few other cultural institutions.  The High Country House is designed to express a rather diverse aspect of living; the architects took into consideration the distinct and busy lifestyles of its residents, which combine both rural life and culture; all under one roof.

High Country House by Luigi Rosselli Architects

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High Country House by Luigi Rosselli Architects

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The High country house is an original, elegant residence that brings together the elemental factor of simplicity and cosiness found in the Australian everyday and the sophistication of contemporary design, in conjunction with the demanding rural Australian climatic conditions.

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Ultimately, Luigi Rosselli Architects created a residence that reflects the core values and lifestyle of its owners; away from country style clichés, they crafted a house that remains modest and minimal yet is a fine example of dwelling elegance.  Its understating refinement successfully complements the out -worldly, breath-taking beauty of the rural Australian landscape.

High Country House by Luigi Rosselli Architects

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The 1000 meter of altitude is felt outside with the cold winter fog covering the valley, whilst the interior of the house is a refuge enhanced by strongly integrated passive solar design principles. The residence is made out of a range of materials that are resistant to bushfires and the harsh winter climate, while maintaining a crisp and urban finish.

Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Moreover, the concrete slabs and the corrugated steel skirt under, offer protection against grass fires and conceal larger water tanks. Besides fire protection, the concrete and the tanks provide ample thermal mass to balance the temperature extremes that high country encounters.

Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Internally the house is defined by elegant minimalism while it is warm and relaxed. The interior could be identified as an urbane and culture retreat to the residents’ collection of art and indigenous artifacts collected in Africa and Asia.  This is a home created to accommodate the needs of everyday living in comfort and style as well as being a home for the arts.

Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Overall, the residence sustains a strong connection with its prime location; it sites at the peak of property overseeing the health of the cattle in the valley below large windows and strategically oriented wings, each with unique view of the meadows.

Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Yet, the architects achieved a distinct definition between the space of dwelling and work. Thus, the farm sheds and barns are located remotely, creating a separation of work and family life for the owners.

Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Country House by Luigi Rosselli High Architects

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Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou


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