Hill Street House

(2001) An explicit client instruction in the brief for this house was to combine the exuberant high modernism of the sets of the Peter Sellers film The Party with traditional North African architecture. The narrative theme deepened to more than a style and shaped the house. Bright colours were required internally that could still be connected to natural and hand made dyes. The structural slab was ground down and the walls rendered a warm mud colour. The house has parallel walls, creating layered space bac kfrom the direct sunlight. The punctuation in these parallel wall gives the space their character. To the street, the house presents unfenestrated walls and spaces, open garden courtyards, verandahs, porches and internal open rooms, each with varying degrees of seclusion.  Photographs by Peter Bennetts and John Gollings