Elemental house by Ben Callery is a poetic homage to the Australian landscape.
Located in High Camp, a small town in the Shire of Mitchell, Victoria, Elemental house by Ben Callery was built as a small weekend retreat for the client. The exposed nature of the house meant that it needed a structure that was both fire-resistant while withstanding 90mph cat N3 prevailing winds.
Careful planning allowed the house to capture the warming winter sun, block harsh summer heat, and create cooling cross breezes throughout the home while still framing the stunning views across the landscape.
The form and materiality were carefully considered when designing Elemental House. Glazed walls which highlight the views had to be rated for the high winds. The flat roof and overhang creates a canopy which shades the patios from rain and harsh summer sun. The exterior is clad with spotted gum which is an Australian species of hardwood that is naturally fire-resistant and meets the required bushfire code. The untreated brown wood will age over time to a silvery grey as the house matures with the landscape. The house is also completely off-grid with systems in place to collect rainwater, treat wastewater, and power the home maintaining a healthy footprint while enjoying the environment.