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Inverdon House


Chloe Naughton


J.D. Lowcock and Co


Austral Masonry

Products Used:

GB Smooth/Smooth Porcelain

Building Contractor:

Jack Lowcock and Tim Johnstone

Photography Credits:

Benjamin Hosking

A house for a soon-to-be-retired couple, Inverdon House certainly challenges the norm in the small regional town where it is located. This is largely for its use of hard-wearing, low-maintenance masonry. Typically hidden in paint, plasterboard and render, here the material has instead been left exposed, revealing the structure in such a way that allows the craftsmanship to be on show. This requires it to be made with care, pride and a certain level of expertise. In this process a new skill is passed on to younger tradespeople; and if the demand for quality is there, this skill set will continue.

The current local housing model mostly ignores passive design principles, closing down to the elements rather than working with the climate. At Inverdon House, only the two bedrooms are air-conditioned for especially humid nights. The carport features a breezeblock screen that provides a pragmatic solution to the impact of the harsh western sun, allowing filtered light and ventilation through to the outdoor area beyond. The two main blade walls, which anchor the house in its setting, run from outside to inside, to outside again, assisting in the blurring of boundaries between interior and exterior, vital for tropical living.

"The masonry work has been left exposed in this project, championing the material and providing a robust and welcoming interior that would be a pleasure to call home."
- Jury 2017 -