Max Pritchard Architect
Recognised both nationally and internationally by his peers, Max Pritchard’s architectural practice is focused on producing residential and tourism architecture that causes minimal impact to its surroundings, and which ‘touches the earth lightly’. After studying at the University of Adelaide in the 1960s, Pritchard travelled extensively throughout South East Asia, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran and South America.
During this time Pritchard was exposed to many new forms of housing and construction methods used by local Indigenous people. Interrogating these buildings for their relationship and response to the physical environment and climatic conditions, Pritchard has assimilated the key ideas of sustainability and suitability into his contemporary designs. This respect for the land can also be traced to Pritchard’s childhood growing up on Kangaroo Island, a wild and beautiful terrain, where he would later have the great fortune to design the sophisticated Southern Ocean Lodge, in 2009.
Perched high on the top of the hill, outside Lyndoch on the South Ridge of the Barossa Valley, Pritchard has orientated the Barosssa House so it looks north, taking in the sweeping panoramic views of the valley. Like the Bridge House, which brings trees and birds to eye level, the most majestic view from the house is captured from a sunken lounge, where the sky and landscape fill the impressive glass windows.
After a site visit with his clients, Max Pritchard produced a hand-drawn sketch. This immediate response to the landscape and its gentle slope was a house linear in form, with an impressive aquarium-like, glassed-in room. Pritchard’s sketch would become the basis for the final design. The Barossa House was awarded the John S Chappel Award for Residential Architecture at the 2013 South Australian Architectural Awards.