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Colo Crossings
by Benn + Penna Architecture

Colo Crossings by Benn + Penna Architecture
Tom Ferguson

Benn + Penna Architecture has created an isolated retreat in celebration of its surroundings northwest of Sydney.


The project sits on a steep slope located within a bend in the Colo River, and is wrapped in bush-laden mountain from all sides.

The design similarly offers containment and refinement perched atop the unforgiving landscape. Looped internal circulation alludes to the external topography, allowing occupants to move cyclically through the house alongside the passing east-westerly sun and exposed elements.

The roof form peaks above the plunge pool, facilitating domestic nurture amidst the rugged terrain. From the entry promenade, the house is a periphery for viewing, the glazed central walkway serving as a telescope which foregrounds the immediacy of the landscape.


This project has been longlisted in the rural house category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Architect: Benn + Penna Architecture

Project: Colo Crossings

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