IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS
Mike Rozak, an IT specialist from North America, had visited Australia on a number of occasions during the early 90's during which time he developed a strong affiliation for the Australian landscape. In 1999 he decided to emergrate and make the Top End his new home. Mike's passion for the 'country' directed him to the purhase of a 100 acre parcel of virgin bushland in a subdivision surrounding Lake Bennet, 80kms south of Darwin. The site is in rugged terrain on the edge of the Adelaide River flood plain with commanding views over the surrounding country to the south. This is not a house with an ordinary brief. It is a dwelling to be Mike's prinicipal place of residence,..in a remote, rugged and rocky landscape, that is to be both sympathetic to Mike's evolving view of the
country and yet cognisant of his past experience and understanding of the possibilities of engagement of the new. The resulting house is a series of three rectalinear plan formed pavilions that each fan out into the landscape on elevated platforms. Effectively, each pavilion is a verandah with slatted timber decking floors running back deep into the sleeping/living alcoves. The front section of each alcove is screened only by wire mesh providing a transparent screen to the southern apsect. A lightweight structure hovers over the crest of the ridge with the twisting roof forms of the east and west sleeping pavilions suggestive of 'delicate, almost fragile existence,..a bird temporarily at rest'. ..And so, one person's dream of 'camping in the country' is realised.
Troppo Architects Pty Ltd (Darwin)
Project architect: MR ADRIAN WELKE, TROPPO ARCHITECTS (NT) P/L
Structural consultant: MR TERRY O'NEILL, COLLESS & O'NEILL
Builder: MR JOE TAG, JM TAG BUILDING CONTRACTORS P/L
Photographer: MR PATRICK BINGHAMHALL, PESARO PUBLISHING