The Sawmill House is quite unlike any other house in Yackandandah, Australia. Named for the sawmill that was once on the site, it’s comprised of one 270 1-ton reclaimed concrete blocks, which make up much of the modern yet rustic retreat. The designers found that thousands of tons of this material end up being wasted each year, and the design helped to make use of that material that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Unlike most projects by Archier Studio, the Sawmill House only had a rough plan prior to the start of construction. They slowly developed and finalized the design whilst physically working with the client on-site for the duration of the build. The result was highly bespoke yet cost effective.
Included is a massive deck protected by a retractable roof, to allow the sun to easily permeate the interior when the weather permits. Inside, extensive use of wood plus wide-open views of the site’s surroundings makes for an ambiance where nature is very much the focal point.