Melbourne-based company ARCHIER is responsible for the design of the The Sawmill House a superb building that makes use of reclaimed concrete blocks with memory; 270 pieces of concrete weighting 1 ton. “The use of the reclaimed concrete blocks is an experiment in harnessing the thousands of tons of concrete that goes to waste each year” ARCHIER stated.
“Each block is a byproduct of excess concrete left in trucks from one or more projects in the region, poured into rough steel troughs. While perhaps not a holistic answer, it is hoped that this approach creates a house that contributes to a broader conversation surrounding concrete reuse and encourages investment and investigation into this CO2 intensive assets.”
Located in Yackandandah, Australia the establishment transforms a rustic element into state of the art holiday retreat that takes full advantage of its expansive views towards mesmerizing surroundings whilst keeping itself connected with the scenery at all times through a suite of open spaces. The home evolves towards the most magnificent scenery with a generous wooden deck protected by a retractable roof that can roll towards the back up to 45 to expose the heart of the home to the warmth of the sun.
The memory of the home resides in the encapsulated story carried by each concrete block, each bringing its own color, texture and variety into the retreat in which it takes its massive role, surrounded by well balanced natural elements able to nestle in the surroundings with little to no disruption.
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