The Eaglemont House by Kennedy Nolan Architects is a true unfolding delight, evoking a distinct sense of drama as you walk through the various spaces. Patrick Kennedy explains how his studio carefully considered the ascent and descent through the space, creating continuity and connection through each level, ‘to make the vertical relationships as effortless as the horizontal connections.’
The verticality of the site is informed by the steep slopes of Mount Eagle, which Patrick explained offers ‘superb, uninterrupted views to the North and East.’ These dreamy views are equalled by a sense of cosy seclusion, as the home nestles into a blanket of mature tree canopies. Win win!
Patrick describes the client brief as requiring ‘a four-bedroom house with study, playroom, gym and large garage.’ An ambitious vision given the steep terrain, but one which is resolved with aplomb in this elevated home. The white feature staircase that cork-screws through the living space lends a bold, sculptural statement upon entry, and throughout the home, unexpected moments of creativity abound.
The property has been built to ‘grow’ into the landscape, and become increasingly ‘hugged’ by the surrounding canopy. Accordingly, the home is built from ‘robust materials which will improve in appearance as they show signs of age’ Patrick enthuses. The most distinctive material choice, perhaps, is the bold pre-aged copper cladding used across the building’s exterior, with its bright turquoise, slightly chalky finish.
This home elegantly captures the comfort of a secluded domestic space, with the grandeur of a cliff-side fortress. With a surprise around every corner (detailed timber flooring, metal lined cupboards, the dramatic splash of the blue), this a visionary family home, full of unexpected wonder.