An annex does not have to be just a plain and boring addition of a shape to an existing house with the same expression. The Hill House by Andrew Maynard of the Australian architectonic studio AMA Architecture proves exactly this to be true. Recently completed, close to Melbourne, Australia it lives up to its name. The original house was buried in an artificial hill upon which the monolithic mass of the annex rests. The house is located on a long and narrow lot, struggling with a lack of light due to its northward facing.
Therefore, the new mass adds not only an aesthetic value but also a practical solution to this problem – it absorbs the sunlight. Since the city and its surroundings are flat, there were plenty of possibilities how to shape and form a private landscape. Dominant colours of the exterior are naturally green, followed by black which is contrasting and complementary at the same time. The interior gives a warm feeling thanks to the wooden casing of the walls.