pentArchi Project 1
Designed by Paolo Denti from pentArchi, this breathtaking property – aptly named ‘Reflections House’ – can be found on a spur at the foot of Camp Mountain. Showcasing 360º views of Samford Valley and D’Aguilar Range, the contemporary farm house was strategically sited on the southern edge of the spur to create a usable north-facing plateau at the front of the property.
Comprising two levels, the dwelling follows the contours of the hill. The upper level aligns with the grassy plateau, while deep-bored piers and a high retaining wall anchor the lower level into the hillside below. Hovering above the exposed-steel frame, the boomerang-shaped canopy roof tilts northwards to shield the home from the summer sun, and conveys water to the two 22.5kL underground tanks. The home is divided by a monumental rammed-earth wall, which demarcates the private and communal zones. Made from a mixture of compressed sand, gravel and clay that was sourced from the building site, the wall acts as a clever spatial device that provides a compelling visual element.
Designed to encourage connectivity and togetherness, the impressive kitchen is the heart of the home. Clay-coloured cabinetry complements the polished-timber flooring, while the solid-concrete curved island bench is the perfect place for family gatherings.
As the sunlight changes throughout the day, the landscape and sky are reflected in the home’s glazed façade and geometric angles, which promotes a strong sense of connection to the outdoors. Offering considerable thermal mass, the rammed-earth wall ensures the home maintains a comfortable temperature in the cooler months, while the windows are cleverly positioned to maximise natural ventilation. Adding yet another dimension of visual interest, the iPad-controlled, computerised LED lighting system highlights the angular structure of the home, as well as the perimeter of the swimming pool. The pure expression and minimalist detailing of the relationship between the different materials is impeccable. Paolo Denti and project architect Andrea Picanza ensured the intention of the original design was maintained throughout the entire construction process. Featuring a site-responsive design, an earthy colour palette and an array of natural materials, the home pays tribute to the tones, textures and beauty of its rural setting.
Established in 2010 by Paolo Denti, pentArchi is a boutique architectural studio that fuses Zen design principles with an avant-garde approach. Offering full and partial architectural consultancy services for a wide range of domestic and commercial projects, pentArchi designs spaces that promote bio-sustainability and human interaction.
Exemplifying the sacred art of geometry, pentArchi’s designs are distinct and inimitable. Operating predominantly throughout South-East Queensland and northern New South Wales, the company designs roughly ten projects per year, including renovation and extension jobs. Drawing on their wealth of shared knowledge and experience, the close-knit team deliver bespoke projects that are carefully tailored to suit the vision and budget of each client. For a truly unique design that’s both sustainable and synergistic, contact the friendly team at pentArchi.