Cantilevered high above a steep, rocky site, this young family's “Tree House” fully embraces the Australian landscape.
Located on the northern slope of Buderim mountain on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, this 2,800-square-foot home hovers gently above a rocky outcropping with open decks and broad views that embrace the surrounding Eucalyptus trees.
Designed by Bark Design Architects, a collaborative architecture practice located on the Sunshine Coast, the sustainable and contemporary home is a specially crafted response to the landscape, place, and climate. The home consists of modular living spaces adjoined on cantilevered timber framing. Open breezeways and veranda spaces blend indoor and outdoor living.
Constructed on a modest budget, the modular structure has material palette of galvanized steel, hardwood timber, polycarbonate, plywood, and fiber cement sheet cladding. The natural elements create an intimate connection to the home's coastal setting.
The facade creates a porous connection between the landscape and the home. Large and movable openings embrace the subtropic breezes. Timber slat ceilings provide necessary shading and protection while allowing light to comfortably filter inward.
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"Two Tree House" preserves and celebrates the magnificence of the strenuous site, the beauty of the surrounding mountains, and the tropical climate patterns. It is a modern tree house that fully embraces the spirit of living in the Australian landscape.