Named ‘Australian House of the Year’, and winner of a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award for International Excellence, Peter Stutchbury’s ‘Invisible House’ offers a quintessentially Australian experience, immersed in the landscape above Sydney’s Blue Mountains.
Located approximately 2 hours west of Sydney on a secluded 75-hectare site offering breath-taking, panoramic views of the Megalong Valley, ‘Invisible House’ is a one of a kind four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence offering an unmatched connection with nature.
Cleverly positioned under the brow of a ridge to maximise aspect and weather protection and anchored by a wide, protective entrance gallery along its western elevation, all internal spaces are thrown open to the east with expansive, uninterrupted escarpment and valley views, while inside exaggerated ceiling heights emphasise the big-sky nature of this epic country.
A simple palette of appropriately robust materials including off-form concrete, Mudgee stack stone, fine steel, hoop pine and form ply, brass and copper, fencing wire and star pickets are used in delightful, unexpected ways – emphasising the extraordinary, bespoke nature of this home. Increasingly recognised internationally, ‘Invisible House’ represents an architecture of belonging, and of respect for its uniquely Australian place.
“Invisible House can be there or cannot… If the roof, with water, reflects the sky this building will never be found – until it is discovered.” Peter Stutchbury
Sitting approximately 1100 metres above sea level on a sinuous ridgeline running north-south and opening to the east and west, the rusting roof of ‘Invisible House’ appears to be the only sign of development at first glance. Cantilevering almost four metres west in a series of undulations to protect the house from sunlight and extremes of weather while drawing filtered light in, the roof is designed to act as both a dam and thermal device, while contributing to the house’s ‘invisiblility’.
The Invisible House offers uninterrupted views of the Megalong and Kanimbla Valleys from every room, making it the ultimate home to unwind after a busy week in the city.
For those fortunate enough to indulge, Invisible House is currently on the market for 5.2 million. You can check out the listing on Domain.