simon laws: drew house
simon laws: drew house simon laws: drew house
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


bathroom with wooden louvers in the closed position

bathroom with wooden louvers in the open position


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


  • full of original details.

    Cintia Ema says:
  • yes Cintia it certainly is full of original details. It certainly looks livable. You know the blackened trees seen through the bedroom window are because of bushfires so its a risky area to build

    richard says:
  • this is awesome! sooo amazing! love it!

    stephanie says:
  • very good, it\’s Like a Glenn Murcutt…

    rcarrasquinho says:
  • This is really good design thinking. great!

    bymercurius3 says:
  • mad max lives

    joemac says:
  • The best part about the house is that there are so many things to like about it. Its quite grand. For me, I would be afraid of sharp angles but they are offset by the round tube which in turn is offset by yet more angles. Its difficult to get this level of balance but they did it. I could happily live in it. Fantastic details come alive in the juxtiposition of the opposing materials. This is architecture at its most fun and intriging level, its order out of chaos because they took opposing and unrelated elements and made them calming and livable. I wished we all lived so well. The designer proves we have it in us, how to get it out of our brains and onto the dirt?

    charles says:
  • wow what a sexy house! the design is just out of this world! very cool, hip, sweet, funky, just amazing!!!

    cindy says:
  • Originality shines. Congratulations Simon Laws. Remarkable dwelling with so many features that are worth a second look d\’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Very Beutiful Design

    osvaldo andrade says:
  • Truly lovely. I didn’t expect the interior spaces to be so wonderful.

    rcvs1 says:
  • where are bug’s

    rico says:
  • Wonderful !!!! I imagine that the personal of the architect be simple and lovely. The space is clean and comfortable.

    Yumiko takata says:

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