Crackenback House

Located on the border of Kosciuszko National Park, Lake Crackenback community is a natural and well-conceived development clustered  around a scenic lake. It is nestled in the Thredbo Valley surrounded by the spectacular snowy Mountains.

Sydney-based clients sought a retreat and wished to see a house that responded sensitively to the natural environment. This entailed organising the main living areas to take best advantage of great views whilst optimising the solar gain potential; an important factor in an alpine environment. Easy flow from inside to outside is catered for by a large entertaining deck making a strong aesthetic statement. Judicious use of stone, timber and steel elements combine to make up a soft and regionally appropriate palate which when combined with cantilevered structural components provide both drama and architectural merit.

The steep site slope provided both a constraint and an opportunity, the resolution of which resulted in a home that shows both respect to its neighbours and good manners to the street.