chris knapp/ built environment practice: the barnacle
chris knapp/ built environment practice: the barnacle chris knapp/ built environment practice: the barnacle
mar 10, 2012

chris knapp/ built environment practice: the barnacle

‘the barnacle’ by built-environment practice, broken head, NSW, australia image © david taylor photography all images courtesy of built-environment practice



brisbane-based firm built-environment practice has sent us images of their recently completed home, ‘the barnacle’, a beach house near the coast in broken head, NSW, australia. the 25 square meter extension offers framed views into the landscape of the community’s nature reserve. lifted on a cluster of inclined columns, the volume’s exterior is formed with copper panels and plywood sheets generating diverse textures to create an intentional patch-worked appearance.


a surprising burst of green color surfaces the underside of the roof eave, transitioning into the bedroom. the compact configuration of the built-in interior furnishings invoke the notion of camping or sleeping within the berth of a yacht.



extension image © david taylor photography



lifted with inclined columns image © david taylor photography



green surfaces the underside of the roof eaves image © david taylor photography



bedroom with built-in furnishings image © david taylor photography



bedroom image © david taylor photography



at dusk image © david taylor photography






exploded axonometric

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    477,181 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    privacy policy