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24 Feb 2019

Kangaroo Valley Rural Retreat

Design: Utz-Sanby Architects

Location: Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia

The Kangaroo Valley Rural Retreat sits on the crown of a hill overlooking the Valleys beyond the Kangaroo River and is surrounded by state forest. The house has been designed as a series of pavilions that interconnect to form a protected entrance courtyard on the southern side and open up to the dramatic views across the surrounding landscape to the north.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

The house is designed to be low-maintenance and robust and uses passive environmental controls, such as solar boosted hydronic heating in the floor, cross ventilation assisted by ceiling fans, an abundance of natural light, LED lighting throughout, as well as 150 000 litres of water storage and photo voltaic panels capable of generating 5 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

The siting of the house allows each room to capture views and aspect and is linked around the centrally-positioned open-plan living room, with open fire, high ceilings and views across the pool to the valley beyond.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

The brief was for a rural retreat to accommodate and entertain large numbers of guests as well as be a comfortable home for two people. Hence it was decided to separate the guest bedrooms from the master bedroom, study and workshop. The house was to be robust and low maintenance and take advantage of the best aspect and views.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

The pool was to be located close enough to the house to feel connected but not to interfere with views or privacy.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

The bushfire requirements were very stringent and required careful siting of the house to provide adequate asset protection zones, a large static water supply for fire fighting and non-combustible materials to comply with RFS guidelines.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

The site was a green field site, literally with no services connected. The site is on a hill, surrounded by State forests and with 270degree views to the north, east and west across the valley towards the highlands.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

There was no driveway and several possible positions for the house on the top of the site, several site meetings with the client determined the best position and height for the house – to maximize views.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

Any rural site is a special opportunity to produce a building that is in harmony with its surrounds and unimpeded by the constraints that are inevitable with urban sites. The client worked closely with us to ensure we delivered a house that was tailor-made for them.

There was close collaboration between the client on all aspects of the design, selection of materials and the specification which meant there was great attention to detail and quality from all parties. The builder, who is local had a great team and also worked collaboratively with all consultants and sub-contractors.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

There was a particular site visit that introduced me to the first red-belly black snake I have seen and far from what I had heard it did not run away when we all stamped our feet – it came towards us fast and furious. A bit alarming.
I enjoyed the distributing of the stone aggregate for the polished concrete floor, if somethings worth doing it is worth doing properly.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

Simple agricultural building forms such as wool sheds and hay stores that have a repeated structural frame that is expressed internally and the use of steel and corrugated steel cladding externally. The building was designed to be subservient to the landscape and semi-industrial in appearance.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

Because it can get quite cold heating was a major consideration. There is hydronic heating within the concrete slab throughout the house via solar tubes with a gas booster. In summer excess heat produced is directed to the spa and pool. High level windows and ceiling fans facilitate cooling during the summer months. All lighting is LED strips which have been recessed into ceilings, joinery and structure.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

Rural Retreat, Kangaroo Valley – Building Information

Architects: Utz-Sanby Architects

Builders: Impeckable Constructions
Structural Engineers: Birzulis Associates
Windows and Doors: Aluminium And Glass Constructions

Project size: 250 sqm
Site size: 2000 sqm
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 1

Fireplace: Jetmaster.
Polished Concrete Floor
Aluminum Windows Black anodized.
Colorbond Monument cladding and roofing.

Rural Retreat in Kangaroo Valley NSW

Photography: Marian Riabic

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Location: Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia

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