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* Residential Architecture: HP Tree House by mmp Architects

Posted by the editors on Friday, 1 June 2012

Residential Architecture: HP Tree House by mmp Architects: “..the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded this rainforest tree house as the 2012 House of the Year. Suspended above the forest floor on a secluded and private lot on the flanks of  [a mountain]..a low maintenance home that embodies a relaxed ambience, structural honesty, plentiful natural light and airflow, and generous reference to the site and the forest..The building ‘floats’ on a galvanized steel support structure, which carries through from the ground to the roof ensuring minimum site disturbance, low maintenance and structural integrity. Retention of most of the existing forest, combined with subdued colors has resulted in a building which is virtually invisible from the city below. However, views of the city exist through ‘windows’ in the forest..Three pavilions separated by breezeways form the single level of the home suspended above the natural slope. The central living pavilion opens to the forest outlook and through a full glass wall, and also connects seamlessly to the outdoor living breezeway. Outdoor dining overlooks the slightly lower lounge ‘treehouse’ which rests under a large canopy roof and is open on all sides. The main bedroom and ensuite pavilion is accessed across this breezeway and features framed views of the adjoining rock face which becomes a wet season cascade..”  Extensive glazing and interior and exterior use of wood, abundant natural light, nature, indoor/outdoor and contextual sensibility..a lovely, and award-winning, home..

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image: Courtesy of mmp Architects; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “HP Tree House / mmp Architects” 31 May 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/240006&gt;

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