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Callignee II Regeneration


Residential Design: Alterations & Additions: $200K - $500K Construction Cost

Hamilton Design Pty Ltd
(03) 9707 1824
Chris Clarke
Alicia Taylor & Lifestyle Channel

Callignee II Regeneration

This highly personalised house was rebuilt after being almost razed to the ground during the tragic Black Saturday bushfires. Survival of significant elements of the house along with a limited insurance payout drove rebuilding rather than wholesale demolition, slotting this entry into this category. The design has used surviving elements to pay homage to the original house and the owner's attachment to it, enabling it to re-emerge in exquisite form. As such, the house is testament to the courage of the survivors of a terrible bushfire season.

The house is a lyrical but robust interpretation of contemporary design, which is not only completely at ease in its setting, but actually contributes to its natural beauty. While completely unpolished in its use of materials, such as the surviving structural steel elements, burned concrete and rusted Corten steel internal and external linings, the house has an elegant arrangement of bold forms which appear to float above butt jointed glass walls, providing a compelling contrast of textures.

The plan has open living areas, where the fire damaged concrete slab and kitchen island bench are evidence of the intensity of the bushfire. However, rather than providing a gloomy reminder of tragedy, the re-use of these elements lends a sense of triumph to the design. Similarly, fire-blackened steel is retained to frame large areas of glazing which look out on to the surrounding bushland and well integrated landscaping features. Interior treatments follow the external aesthetic, with extensive use of roughhewn timber along with rusted steel as wall and ceiling linings.

The designer's skill is clearly evident in this building, and the result is both unique and beautiful.