'hp tree house' by mmp architects, mt whitfield, australia
all images courtesy of mmp architects
australian firm mmp architects has recently completed 'hp tree house', a residence in a secluded and forested site in
mt whitfield, australia. prioritizing the landscape by minimally impacting the ground, the structure is lifted above the sloping terrain
with a galvanized steel support framework. a vehicular drive leads to the single-storey structure comprised of three pavilions
connected with breezeways navigate the 40 meter tall terminalia and quandong trees. a central living space opens to the woods
through a fully glazed wall while the dining area is slightly lower within an open room protected only with a canopy roof.
the master bedroom and bathroom are offered views of the adjoining rock face which transforms into a waterfall during
the rainy season. the wind is channeled through the interior due to the north-south orientation and system of louvers over the
window openings. exposed laminated timber beams support the flat roof's short spans. a translucent membrane brings natural
daylight into the interior. a system of PV panels direct the solar power to heat the water. durable materials such as colorbond steel,
aluminum windows and steel structure reduce future maintenance on the building along with low VOC paints, sustainably grown wood
and locally sourced stone for sustainable priorities.
upward view of residence
aerial view of site
floor plan / level 0