CONTEMPORIST: This Off-The-Grid Rural Home Might Be Small, But It Has All The Views

July 22, 2021

A modern and small house designed as a self-sufficient rural retreat with a minimal environmental footprint.

Ben Callery Architects has designed the ‘Elemental House’, a small home located an hour north of Melbourne, Australia, that lies on 100 acres of recently sub-divided farmland with panoramic views over rolling hills.

The brief from the clients, a retired couple, was for a self-sufficient rural retreat with a minimal environmental footprint.

A modern and small house designed as a self-sufficient rural retreat with a minimal environmental footprint.

The house has been designed to be off-grid, producing its own electricity and water on-site, as well as treating its waste on-site.

The entire exterior of this small home is clad in Spotted Gum timber, an Australian native hardwood that's so durable that it meets the bushfire rating non-combustibility requirements.

The entire exterior of the home is clad in Spotted Gum timber, an Australian native hardwood that’s so durable that it meets the bushfire rating non-combustibility requirements.

The entire exterior of this small home is clad in Spotted Gum timber, an Australian native hardwood that's so durable that it meets the bushfire rating non-combustibility requirements.

The floor plan of the home is compact and modest, with a single bedroom and bathroom. The living space, with its wood ceiling and large windows, is open plan with a dining area and kitchen, while the living room includes a black accent wall with a fireplace and a window bench.

The living space of this small house, has a wood ceiling and large windows, and is open plan with a dining area and kitchen, while the living room includes black accent wall with a fireplace, and a window bench.
A black accent wall is the backdrop of a fireplace and floating wood shelves.
A living room with a built-in window bench.

In the bedroom, a large picture window with a black frame perfectly showcases the rural landscape.

In this modern bedroom, a large picture window with a black frame perfectly showcases the rural landscape.
Photography: Jack Lovel and Dave Kulesza |Architecture firm: Ben Callery Architects – Team: Ben Callery and Tim Shallue | Builder: Keenan Built

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