A homage to Sydney’s climate, the Iron Maiden House is designed to change with the seasons.

Designed to mimic a natural gorge, the Iron Maiden House features rock-like building volumes bisected with river-like water features.

When a family of five returned to Sydney after years of living in Hong Kong, they decided to craft a home that combined a strong connection to the outdoors with the compact living arrangements they had grown used to from living abroad.

Unafraid of the experimental and drawn to sustainable design, the family turned to Sydney–based design practice CplusC Architectural Workshop to design and build their unique modern home.

The double-height kitchen includes cabinets finished with two-pack polyurethane, a Corian kitchen countertop, and an island topped with Quantum Quartz.

The double-height kitchen includes cabinets finished with two-pack polyurethane, a Corian kitchen countertop, and an island topped with Quantum Quartz.

Murray Fredericks

“They weren’t afraid to challenge traditional notions of what a home should be, requesting a generous connection to the outdoors to enjoy and entertain family and friends,” note the architects. “They wanted a home which celebrated the Sydney climate.”

Designed to mimic a natural gorge, the Iron Maiden House features rock-like building volumes bisected with river-like water features.

Designed to mimic a natural gorge, the Iron Maiden House features rock-like building volumes bisected with river-like water features.

Murray Fredericks

The architects let the site and local context shape the design, starting from the rectangular massing that responds to the elongated corner site to the home’s modern take on the local vernacular of gabled homes.

Three sizes of galvanized, corrugated iron-sheet panels were collaged along the street-facing southern facade.

Three sizes of galvanized, corrugated iron-sheet panels were collaged along the street-facing southern facade.

Michael Lassman

See the full story on Dwell.com: Water Slices Through This Gorge-Inspired Australian House

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