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Yarra River Cottage

Flood Zone Landscape

ClientPrivate Client
ScopeSketch Design through to Contract Administration
LocationRichmond, Victoria
Budget$800,000
Year2008
TeamStutterheim / Anderson Landscape Architecture with Patrick Franklyn and Rice and Skinner Architects

The ground floor of the old house lies below the 100 year flood level, cantilevered out from the steep Yarra Riverbank. Contemporary Yarra water management makes inundation now unlikely, but modifications made to both inside and outside allows water to pass unencumbered straight through the house. The flow of movement is further understood by the clean sweep of a new long lawn the width of the site, a meter lower than the house, supported by a high stone wall – a place for summer garden parties – which throws open the view through trees along the river and to the public reserve on the north bank. A smaller paved courtyard opens from the kitchen living area and up the stair to the road level above. It’s just right for friendly BBQs on hot evenings, or alternatively it’s a warm place to enjoy the winter morning sun. It is now possible to walk right down to the river with your book and fishing rod.

View - entrance terrace

View - entrance terrace

Landscape Plan

Landscape Plan