simon laws: drew house
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feb 01, 2012
simon laws: drew house


‘drew house’ by simon laws, gladstone, queensland, australia
all images courtesy
of simon laws

‘drew house’ by australian firm simon laws anthill construction is a single family dwelling within a town just south of gladstone,
along the eastern queensland coast near the great barrier reef. two pavilions containing the living, bathing and sleeping areas
create a luxury camping atmosphere. the separate entities allow privacy during family group activities. positioned amidst a landscape
of bloodwoods and palms at a ridgetop, the residence responds to the family’s connection with sugar mill iconography. window frames
and facade louvers are made from australian hardwood timber which has been naturally oiled for a minimal finish.

the components were constructed offsite in brisbane and transported approximately 500 kilometers in their completed state
to minimize disturbance to the natural environment. the wooden decks and prefabricated roofs were assembled onsite, linking the
different rooms to pass through outdoor dining and living areas. a canopy formed from aramax metal roof sheeting spans two
mirrored hardwood truss frames forming a ribbed parabolic structure.


living pavilion

the home’s passive design is self sufficient with solar hot water and electrical panels as well as rainwater tanks and community
water recycling systems which facilitate the family’s needs except for drinking and bathing.


australian hardwood timber louvers cap the circular facade of the living pavilion


deck connecting the living and bedroom pavilions


view of bedroom from the outside


deck connecting the pavilions


living room within the tubular building form


portal to living space


view of the operable timber louvers from the inside


(left) wooden louvers
(right) bedroom


bedroom


bathroom with wooden louvers in the closed position


bathroom with wooden louvers in the open position


kitchen


living space + kitchen beyond


kitchen with access to the indoor and outdoor dining area


kitchen storage


illuminated at night


outdoor dining and living area


illuminated at night


approach and dwelling illuminated at night


bedroom pavilions at night


at night


sketch

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