A few weeks ago my editor informed that a book I had written about Australian Architects is scheduled to be published later this year. Even though the title has changed to ‘Australia Modern’ I am really excited by the end product. As an added bonus Professor Phil Harris (Troppo Architects) agreed to write the foreword. Essentially he explains in an eloquent manner the relationship the 15 shortlisted houses have to this diverse geographic region. As you would expect some of my original selections were omitted. However, I am delighted that renowned Adelaide architect Max Pritchard made the grade.

Recently Australia’s national broadcaster (ABC) has started playing old episodes of ‘Grand Designs’ Australia (Due to the Foxtel contract expiring). One of the projects featured is ‘Barossa House’ by Max Pritchard. This region has an abundance of world-class wineries and the landscape is conducive for building amazing homes. With a budget of just over $1,000,000, the owners brief was to create a harmonious sanctuary for their young family.

‘Barossa House’ is nestled on the top of a steep hill so a creative solution had to be achieved. Max Pritchard rose to the challenge and devised a multi-level building (5 in total) which ingeniously follows the slope of the hill. What makes this dwelling so special is the abundance of glazing that maximises the breathtaking panoramic vistas. The property is also virtually self-sufficient with features like hydroponic underfloor heating, roof-mounted solar panels and an ingenious rainwater system. Also, the tapered eaves protect the house from the harsh summer sun and offer cross ventilation.

Internally ‘Barossa House’ exceeds expectations and has a sublime minimalistic appearance. The décor is neutral and the choice of materials like concrete, wood, stone and stainless steel. Ultimately Max Pritchard has excelled himself by creating a harmonious house bathed in natural light for his clients.

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