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Inside architect Peter Stutchbury’s astronomy inspired home Night Sky in the NSW Blue Mountains

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Inside this quirky one of a kind mountain cabin lies an incredible retreat – complete with a huge skylight that captures breathtaking views of the night sky

  • A sprawling home in the New South Wales Blue Mountains captures breathtaking views of the night sky
  • The house was designed by architectural firm Peter Stutchbury for a client with a passion for astronomy
  • He wanted to be able to view the twinkling galaxy from the comfort of his home an hour west of Sydney
  • The result is a cabin-like house with a large oval skylight built into a U-shaped roof that draws in the air.

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A sprawling cabin-like home in the New South Wales Blue Mountains captures breathtaking views of the night sky.

An hour’s drive west of Sydney, the house was built for a man with a lifelong passion for astronomy who wanted to watch the galaxy from the comfort of his own home.

The result, designed by Peter Stutchbury Architects, is a unique red brick building with a large oval skylight built into an unusual U-shaped roof that brings in a sense of the twinkling sky.

Sustainability has been the driving force behind every part of the house, which produces 100 percent of its own energy, collects its own water and is made almost entirely from recycled materials, all sourced from a 120 km radius to minimize environmental damage.

This sprawling cabin-like home in New South Wales’s Blue Mountains boasts breathtaking views of the night sky

An hour's drive west of Sydney, the house was built for a man with a lifelong passion for astronomy who wanted to watch the galaxy from the comfort of his own home.

Designed by Peter Stutchbury Architects, the result is a unique red brick building with a large oval skylight built into an unusual U-shaped roof that brings in a sense of the twinkling sky

An hour’s drive west of Sydney, the house was built for a man with a lifelong passion for astronomy who wanted to watch the galaxy from the comfort of his own home.

The interior is filled with low-tox fittings and finishes, while the garden is planted with native species that require little water and can withstand long periods of drought.

A strategically laid out floor plan means the house heats and cools itself according to the seasons, with insulated double brick walls that store and release heat, while the vaulted skylight at the heart of the house allows air to flow.

North-facing windows framing stunning mountain views ensure that every room is flooded with natural sunlight, while amenities such as hydraulic underfloor heating, polished concrete and double-glazed windows provide added luxury to those lucky enough to live there.

The roof is fitted with 63 solar panels that produce 20 kW of power and 34 kW of storage, eliminating the need for an external energy supply.

Sustainability has been the driving force behind every part of the house, which produces 100 percent of its own energy, collects its own water and is made almost entirely from recycled materials

Sustainability has been the driving force behind every part of the house, which produces 100 percent of its own energy, collects its own water and is made almost entirely from recycled materials

The house has space to collect, store and filter 60,000 liters of rainwater at ground temperature that can be used for showering, bathing and washing dishes

The house has space to collect, store and filter 60,000 liters of rainwater at ground temperature that can be used for showering, bathing and washing dishes

The interior is filled with low-tox fittings and finishes

The garden is planted with native species that require little water and can withstand long periods of drought

The interior is filled with low-toxic fittings and finishes, while the garden is planted with native species that require little water and can withstand long periods of drought

A strategically placed floor plan means the house heats and cools itself according to the seasons, with insulated double brick walls that store and release heat, while the vaulted skylight at the heart of the house allows air to flow

A strategically placed floor plan means the house heats and cools itself according to the seasons, with insulated double brick walls that store and release heat, while the vaulted skylight at the heart of the house allows air to flow

The house has space to collect, store and filter 60,000 liters of rainwater at ground temperature that can be used for showering, bathing and washing up.

Basil Borun, the client for whom the house was designed, described it as a ‘mountain hut’ where he finds ‘contentment and satisfaction’.

The remarkable residence was named Australia’s most sustainable home at the 2021 Houses Awards, by a panel of esteemed architects including Anita Panov, Will Fung and Architecture Media Editor-in-Chief Katelin Butler.

Basil Borun (pictured), the client for whom the house was designed, described it as a 'mountain hut' where he finds 'contentment and satisfaction'

Basil Borun (pictured), the client for whom the house was designed, described it as a ‘mountain hut’ where he finds ‘contentment and satisfaction’

North-facing windows framing stunning mountain views ensure that every room is flooded with natural sunlight

North-facing windows framing stunning mountain views ensure that every room is flooded with natural sunlight

The remarkable residence was named Australia's most sustainable home at the 2021 Houses Awards, by a panel of esteemed architects including Anita Panov, Will Fung and Architecture Media Editor-in-Chief Katelin Butler

The remarkable residence was named Australia’s most sustainable home at the 2021 Houses Awards, by a panel of esteemed architects including Anita Panov, Will Fung and Architecture Media Editor-in-Chief Katelin Butler

Ms Butler noted that the awards highlight how expert design can enrich our quality of life, especially after a year in which our homes have come into such clear focus with the outbreak of the Covid pandemic.

“The past year has reminded us not to take anything for granted,” she said.

“The winning houses are exemplary structures, but the real skill is in carefully thinking about how to improve the everyday lives of those who live in these houses.”

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