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Red House at Red Hill by Inarc

Millions of tiny perforations are dotted across the rusted steel walls of this rural retreat in Victoria by Melbourne architects Inarc.

Red House at Red Hill by Inarc

Located on a hillside overlooking the bay, the weekend house has two floors nestled into the sloping landscape.

Red House at Red Hill by Inarc

Rooms are arranged either side of a timber-lined corridor that spans the house, with bedrooms and living rooms positioned along the rear wall to give them views out towards the sea.

Red House at Red Hill by Inarc

Earlier this year we rounded up all our stories about buildings with perforated metal facades. See them all here.

Red House at Red Hill by Inarc

Other interesting Australian houses from the Dezeen archive include a residence with origami-like walls and a steel-plated bunker.

Red House at Red Hill by Inarc

Photographs are by Peter Clarke.

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Red House at Red Hill by Inarc

More text from Inarc can be found below:


Red House at Red Hill represents the adventurous spirit of the Australian weekender, albeit with a little more discreet comfort.

The building sits within a paddock defined by rows of pine windbreaks. The view is world class, serene and bucolic on the one hand yet ever changing when looking towards Port Philip bay and passing ships.

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The Red House plan is a linear arrangement of spaces emanating radially a central hub. The long kinked and fragmented plan allows for a variety of daylight and views in every room.

The linear plan results in a long and low angular building form which is nestled into the contours of the hill. From a distance the rusted steel cladding appears solid, closer inspection reveals a transparent veil of perforations. The uniformity of the cladding and the jagged composition of walls and roof suggest house as sculpture, something timeless, non utilitarian and something which will preserve the excitement generated by this site.

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Red Hill has become a rural and coastal retreat for Melbourne’s well heeled who wish to escape their urban existence. Increasingly big budget homes carry their urban sameness to the countryside and overwhelm the delicacy of experience to which the occupants retreat.

Red House demonstrates that the experience can be enjoyed and augmented in an artistic manner while at the same time satisfying the demand of modern housing must haves, a weekender that works.

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