Hillside House

Hillside House

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Architects Ink designed Hillside House located in the Adelaide foothills of South Australia.

The site is surrounded by prestigious housing on grand allotments with views over the Adelaide plains.

With the passing of time, the historic housing in the area, characterized by Edwardian and Georgian architectural styles, has been diluted.

The project’s program was to establish a house for a large growing family and be as robust as if living in a masonry barn.

Starting with a single gabled barn presented to the street, the Architects Ink design concept split the volume along the ridge and by separation with two skillion forms creating dual passive and active zones with various courtyards in-between.

The primary concept was respect for brick as a predominant material.

The design team was influenced by ancient Roman ruins on Palestine Hill that were made from bricks, a singular material made from the earth that’s maintained its integrity for two thousand years.

The Architects Ink design team envisaged that the permanence of brick would strengthen the project’s character.

The brick material was used both inside and outside of both main volumes.

The entrance courtyard became a transitional space reminiscent of traditional farmyard courtyards.

Uninhibited by a structured garden, this space is defined by brick walls, a gravel courtyard infused with ivy and deciduous trees, and a concrete path aligned with the entry barn doors.

The limited material palette, the exposed structure, and the lack of applied finishes work together symbiotically and echo structures built long ago.

As a modern house, incorporating the past without replicating it, Hillside house embodies longevity while asserting its own identity more successfully than its much older pseudo-Edwardian neighbours.

Project Details

Project Size – 528 m2
Site Area – 650 m2
Building Levels – 2
Completion Date – 2020

Project Team


Architects Ink

Architects Ink is an award-winning Architecture and Interior Design practice established in 1996 with offices in Adelaide and Sydney, Australia. The practice specializes in high-quality residential design; new houses, alterations and additions, and multi-residential projects.



Sam Noonan

Sam Noonan is an Australian-based specialist architectural and interiors photographer with 30 years of professional experience.


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