Arthouse Architects

House in the Trees

Protecting a rare stand of Totara on a small coastal property, while providing a comfortable space for people within it, were the major design drivers for this modest holiday house. Lifted above the forest floor and tucked under the canopy, three small buildings linked by open but sheltered walkways step lightly through gaps in the trees, ending at the beach. The light and sun that penetrate the canopy reach deep into the rooms via high level glazing, and each module has two aspects: an exterior face looking out to views and sun, and an interior focused on trees and forest.

‘Lifted above the forest floor and tucked under the canopy, three small buildings linked by open but sheltered walkways step lightly through gaps in the trees, ending at the beach.’

Clad in corrugated colorsteel, vertical board and weatherboard respectively, the buildings provide linked yet separate areas for shared and private living like three little baches hidden in the trees, sitting peacefully in the understory as the forest continues to re-establish itself.

completed:
2010
contractors:
Frank Byrne
photographer:
John-Paul Pochin
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