Located on the site of an old sawmill, Chris Gilbert from Archier together with his brother Benjamin Gilbert (client/builder/sculptural artist) built a sustainable house through extensive use of waste materials.
Comprised of 270 one-ton concrete blocks, the Sawmill House is a hand crafted upgrade from his existing rather rustic bohemian abode, anchoring into the landscape.
The blocks create a patchwork of colour and texture across the facades, as each block has a story. This texture grounds the building in the site, as the layers of colour mimic the sedimentary layers of earth still exposed from the site’s former life as a gold mine.
Realated ideas: Casa Meztitla by EDAA
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Large sections of the roof and façade are mechanised which makes the envelope largely operable, allowing courtyards and natural light to be added and subtracted as the seasons warrant.
The external decking area cantilevers slightly out over the hill and down towards an old dam which can also be seen from the kitchen and living rooms thanks to the large spanning double glazed stacking doors.