Architecture

Built the house in a bridge over a stream

Provides an exciting natural experience.

Built the house in a bridge over a stream

This fascinating house is located south of Australia approximately one hour’s drive from Adelaide.

It was designed by Max Pritchard Architect and the project has got the appropriate name Bridge House.

The customer wanted a beautiful housing close to nature that would also serve as a home office. The plot was narrow and challenging.

The architect came up with was an elongated house that crossed the pelvis in an elegant way.

The property is 110 square meters and large parts of the facade are stained in glass to give a view in both directions. This also enhances the natural experience.

The construction itself consists of steel beams that are anchored in small concrete bridges.

Built the house in a bridge over a stream

FIND FORM: The glass facades provide a view in both directions and shine beautifully in the woods. Photo: Sam Noonan

Over a stream

The house has an easy visual and environmental approach. The building itself, for example, avoids putting more pressure on the ground.

President Kim Skaara of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL) has not seen similar housing in Norway.

He also thinks Bridge House is a great way to solve the combination with difficult land and a little dreamy different house.

– It is possible that this project is comparable to some cottage projects in Norway. There is at least a cabin that crosses a little gorge, between two swamps.

Known reference

Built the house in a bridge over a stream

ENGINEERING ART: The construction itself consists of steel beams that are anchored in small concrete bridges. Photo: Sam Noonan

There are other similar houses elsewhere in the world. And a famous historical reference is the Rialto Bridge in Venice, where bridges and buildings meet in a beautiful union.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, has homes and shops along with the entire bridge.

– A bridge always provides good associations and has exciting architectural potential. Here, design and engineering combine uniquely, “says Skaara, who really does not see any particular weaknesses, other than that it requires good formability and a complete integrated design,” says Skaara.

– It can quickly become banal and completely wrong, if the elegance, which is often the inherent character of the bridge, is lost in an amateurish solution that attempts to place an ordinary house on an ordinary bridge. Look at the comic floating houseboats with roof tiles, slanted windows, flower boxes and stakietgjerder. They look like they’ve escaped from a residential area nearby, he continues.

Warm and beautiful

However, there is no comic at Bridge House where it is beautifully lit in the dark, in the middle of the woods, amidst the trees.

Built the house in a bridge over a stream

ON THE KITCHEN: Here the food is made with the trees as the nearest neighbor. Photo: Sam Noonan

Built the house in a bridge over a stream

POWERFUL: The materials are produced locally in a sustainable manner. Roofing and wall coverings are recyclable steel sheets. Photo: Sam Noonan

The whole house is also manufactured locally in a sustainable way, and according to the architects it was easy to install. Because with the use of few machines, the lift was lifted in place easily. The construction process at the same time created little waste and roofing and wall coverings are recyclable steel sheets. Sewage is pumped 100m from the stream to avoid contamination.

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BROHUSET: A house on a bridge has exciting architectural potential. Photo: Sam Noonan

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