A Floating Home Entangled In Brush Field Bushes On North Stradbroke Island

The location of this North Stradbroke Island home has seashore views, however the house owners (three households who’ve been buddies for over 50 years) had been most taken with its surrounding leafy panorama.

Architects Conrad Gargett had been engaged to design a brand new home on the vacant block, putting its established brush field timber on the forefront.

The imaginative and prescient was for the home to really feel like tenting among the many timber—minus the tent. ‘A very easy area to stay in and when the doorways are open and the breezes are blowing by means of,’ within the phrases of architect John Flynn, challenge director at Conrad Gargett.

Over 20 completely different design choices had been explored, beginning with three shacks, then two homes, earlier than selecting the bigger home that exists at present. 

Conrad Gargett navigated as lots of the current timber as doable by taking a 3D level cloud scan and folding the home round to create its distinctive form.

‘It was a really concerned course of. We spent numerous time on web site measuring timber, figuring out which we might save and what was one of the best view,’ says John.

The guts of the house is the center degree, described by Conrad Gargett as a dwelling platform floating inside the tree cover. A recessed floor degree and concrete construction permits the higher degree ground and roof to be as skinny as doable, whereas an exterior spiral stair supplies entry to a rooftop deck with 360-degree ocean views.

The home is designed to withstand winds as much as 300 kilometres per hour to swimsuit its headland location, whereas strong exterior supplies reply to its bushfire inclined place. Concrete helps obtain these necessities, with brush field timber veneer inside to match the timber, and brass finishes chosen to patina over time within the salt air. 

‘For the cladding, we examined a number of completely different shades of brown paint to seek out the appropriate color that might mix in with the comb field timber,’ says John. 

The finished home is so immersed in nature that kookaburras are recognized to land on the kitchen bench, kangaroos take shelter from the rain below the cantilevered foundations, and even koalas climb by means of the home windows! 

‘It’s like you might be up within the timber, watching the birdlife and the whales and waves within the distance. It’s a reasonably particular area,’ says John.