Hill House

Hill House is a new house we designed for the owners of a vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Thanks to passive solar design principles and a large solar array, it is energy neutral. Materials include stabilised rammed earth, recycled Grey Ironbark timber and corrugated steel.
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The en suite features a recycled ironbark vanity. Natural light enters both at eye level as well as from above | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

The en suite features a recycled ironbark vanity. Natural light enters both at eye level as well as from above

The top-lit recycled grey ironbark stair leading down to the cellar | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

The top-lit recycled grey ironbark stair leading down to the cellar

Simple rooms with complex circulation between; the rammed earth spine gathers the momentum of the ridge and funnels it into the circulation between occupiable rooms. There are no cornices, architraves or decoration of any kind. Rather, the details emphasise the form and intent of the whole of the building. The only paint colour is white, leaving natural materials to provide colour and texture | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

Hill House is a new house on a vineyard, set amongst the vines.

The vegetable patch sitting on the western fringe. Hill House is open and closed; platform and refuge; for each room, these iconographies define the ceiling height, relationship with the land and exposure to views. The north edge of the house is the platform, projecting over the slope as if it were hovering. The south edge of the house is the refuge, slightly embedded into the slope | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

Hill House is a new house on a vineyard, set amongst the vines. We designed it to feel cosy when occupied only by our clients and their golden retriever,

Hill House in an Australian home; it pays tribute to our rural vernacular. It develops the historically prevalent construction typology of timber framing and lightweight cladding by wrapping it around a contemporary form finely tuned for environmental sustainability, embedded in an Australian native landscape | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

Hill House is a new house on a vineyard, set amongst the vines. We designed it to feel cosy when occupied only by our clients and their golden retriever,

Photovoltaic panels rest in the landscape, maximising their efficiency | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

Photovoltaic panels rest in the landscape, maximising their efficiency

The rear garden is an intimate space planted with native Australian grasses. The intimacy of the garden is achieved by responding to the existing slope of the site | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

The rear garden is an intimate space planted with native Australian grasses. The intimacy of the garden is achieved by responding to the existing slope of the site

The slope of the site enables the blue tiled pool to meet the house at floor level while becoming its own fence on its northern fringe| Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

The slope of the site enables the blue tiled pool to meet the house at floor level while becoming its own fence on its northern fringe

View through the vineyard. Hill House in an Australian home; it pays tribute to our rural vernacular. It develops the historically prevalent construction typology of timber framing and lightweight cladding by wrapping it around a contemporary form finely tuned for environmental sustainability | Hill House by Mihaly Slocombe (2006) | Merricks, Victoria, Australia | photo: Emma Cross

Hill House

Hill House is a new house on a vineyard, set amongst the vines.


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