The alteration and addition stems from the pragmatic requirements of a growing family. The topography informed the decision to design an extension that wasn’t the obvious elongation of the existing copper clad box, but to connect a new box, grounded in the landscape in dialogue with its partner, yet distinct in character.
The site is surrounded by lush bushland, with sweeping views of Kangaroo Valley. Openings of various proportions, frame a variety of views. The addition houses rooms and facilities that supplement the existing house.
A refined palette of building materials: off-form concrete, face brickwork, copper and timber, are left exposed for their inherent beauty and texture. The external skin forms the internal lining.
Sustainable technologies adopted include integrated geothermal heat exchange, rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic solar panels and a green roof garden. Palmyra II is a self-sustainable prototype of a remote home, that is now off grid.