“At night the house comes alive, with shadows from the garden and screens creating interesting images and an eerie sensation of nature coming into the building,” says O’Sullivan. The room beyond is the kids’ bunkroom and TV/hangout area; the small door leads to surfboard storage. At right is one of the hammock decks.
The pitched-roof main living area, with generous banquette seating continuing around the perimeter. “My 23-year-old daughter has taken groups of university friends up for relaxing weekends,” says O’Sullivan. “And during school holidays I took my son Henry and five of his 16-year-old friends for a week of surfing, fishing, card games and mischief.”
The two corrugated-steel water cisterns create their own architectural gesture and, because they are capable of holding a total of 5,000 gallons of water, could prove useful in the bushfire-prone area. Blue points out that the building had to be designed to bushfire standards, which excludes certain materials and requires a large clearance around the structure. The sliding screen shields one of the hammock decks.