It’s hard to imagine stumbling across it in the bush – even on purpose. Nestled into a cliff escarpment overlooking the Megalong Valley around two hours drive due west of Sydney, the Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture disappears into its environment – just the way it was intended to.
Just sold for a reported $3million, the astonishing architecturally-designed four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was completed in 2012 and named House of the Year in the 2014 Houses Awards. It was built for filmmaker Alex Proyas who would escape to it on weekends and holidays, later making it available for luxury escapes.
The design is at once striking and considerate of the surrounding landscape, with the main body of the home built beneath the ridge line it occupies. This is effective in shielding the house from the elements and provides a quiet intimacy, despite the majesty of its remote location.
A symphony in concrete and Mudgee stacked stone, the home has a uniquely designed roof that serves to store water – rendering it unseen to the naked eye at first glance when full of water. A weathered, rusted patina covers steel structures above the roof line that reflects the neighboring sandstone and rock.
This incredible home has uninterrupted views from every room with its cantilevered construction reaching and stretching out to greet the valley below and the skies beyond.
Inside soaring timber-lined ceilings curve in waves upwards to clerestory windows that run the width of the structure. Below a sleek kitchen is open to the living space and a study in minimalism.
Simple finishes of hoop pine and form ply inform the interior decoration, without detracting from the natural environment.
With a calm serenity permeating all of the spaces, this is the Australian dream on an entirely different level.
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