Nestled between towering eucalyptus trees high up in the hills of South Hobart a compact three-storey dwelling rises out of the earth to capture stunning views across the city and beyond.
Achieving a remarkably small footprint on an already constrained 330sqm site, the two bed - two bath abode boasts flexible living at its finest with lavish Master Suite, spacious living quarters, home office, workshop, and art studio accommodating the clients' working, lifestyle, and recreational needs.
Hobart - Nipaluna, Tasmania
Gross Floor Area
Stoney Steps House
Drawing inspiration from the site’s majestic eucalypts, Stoney Steps House is envisaged as a silvered eucalyptus trunk rising from the hillside; weathered exterior carved strategically to reveal warm timber moments within. Although contemporary in essence, the Hobart vernacular peaks through with gabled crests rising to frame key views, with the living room outcrop’s cosy house-like form an ode to the archetypal ‘Tassie shack’ beloved by the client. The classic Hobart red front door also takes on new life in Stoney Steps; red wayfinding accents drawing visitors toward and into the home from road entry sign to letterbox, handrails and feature joinery.
Giving back to land and local whilst capitalising on the stunning Hobart views became a central objective throughout the design process; driving the position, orientation and proportion of the building envelope. Minimising the built footprint to a mere 75sqm whilst maximising height for views, the built form is pushed back from the northern boundary to preserve and share the existing garden and rotated to address the optimum view angle. In turn pulling back from the street and lessening the visual impact of a taller structure on small site, whilst also preserving the Southern neighbours view window to the city.