‘Under the Moonlight House’ is an immaculately crafted art form, designed by one of Italy’s leading architects, Giovanni D’Ambrosio. The home was built within the scenic Australian mountains in one of Victoria’s premier ski resorts, the Dinner Plain Village, overlooking Mount Hotham. Constructed of steel, concrete, timber and locally quarried stone, D’Ambrosio created a structure that appears to be carved out of the site, firmly anchored to the ground by a massive stone fireplace that’s expressed both internally and externally. A twenty tonne cantilevered fireplace is supported by two hundred cubic square meters of concrete poured below the surface.
D’Ambrosio’s design appears to be in lift-off position, aiming towards the moon and stars. Dubbed ‘Under the Moonlight’, the design focuses on the heavens, as well as the one hundred and fifty year old snow gum tree on the property. D’Ambrosio’s design features a forty-five degree pitched roof to prevent the built-up of snow, giving nine-meter high ceilings at the highest point. To blur the division between indoors and outdoors, D’Ambrosio used the same materials on both sides of the glass walls, stone, wood and concrete. Although the house appears substantial in size, it has only two bedrooms and is 2,690 square feet. All the furniture in the home was custom designed by the architect. Via
Opposite the living area is the kitchen and another stone nook, used as a media enclave (for television, stereo or simply reading).
The stone used for the fireplace extends to form a protective canopy over the living area, while the staircase, located behind the fireplace, is also made of what appears to be one solid block of Castlemaine stone.
The spacious main bedroom overlooks the living areas. The en-suite features a built-in day bed that comfortably accommodates two to three people, and its spa, with cascading water feature.
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