Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects

© Brett Boardman

Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects

Located in the beautiful snow country of Niigata Prefecture, Australia House is a gallery and studio, is also the base of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale for cultural exchange, Artist-in-Residence programs and art exhibitions.

Architects: Andrew Burns Architects
Location: Niigata, Japan
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman
Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman

Australian architect Andrew Burns designed it through an international competition, the building replaces a previous structure which collapsed in a powerful aftershock on March 12, 2011.

Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman
Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman

The triangular form creates a long dimension and widening perspective within compact space, it only the triangular roof was visible as the rest of the house is covered with three-metre-high snow.

Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman

The interiors form a large ‘perception device’, heightening views of the surrounding landscape and creating opportunities for art installation.

Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman
Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman

Inspiration from architect:

During winter, the site can experience 1.5m of snow during one day, and this was a key consideration in the design, with the roof pitching steeply. The building alternates between a familiar domestic presence and that of an art object.

Australia House by Andrew Burns Architects
© Brett Boardman