mmp architects: HP tree house mmp architects: HP tree house
jun 05, 2012

mmp architects: HP tree house

‘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

entry

dining area

deck

kitchen

living room

bedroom

pool

floor plan / level 0

section

framework

  • Very nicely detailed, i love everything about it,
    But, have they thought about mosquito’s? bugs?
    and the pool, it could have a view, a lounging deck, feels as though a cage..

    But a very unique and sophisticated space.

    i love it!

    love-you-all says:
  • damn, I wanna have villa like that!
    cool,,,good job

    Damz says:
  • Yeah,mosquitoes and bugs should be considered in the design, or have they?

    art says:
  • From the Architect – the home was designed so screens could be added if necessary. After 2 years of occupation the owners have found, despite the location in forest, there are minimal issues with bugs and mozzies. certainly not enough to warrant the impact screens would have on the open feel of the home.

    Peter says:
  • Beautiful house, gorgeous setting.

    Kurt says:
  • I’ve worked on plenty of houses like this in Port Douglas etc and have always found that re mosquitoes, in the living areas, it’s best to just open it all up and let them come in and out as they please. Generally the bedrooms, however, are netted so that at night you don’t need to worry.

    David says:

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