Situated on an expansive site of open eucalyptus forest between Brisbane and Ipswich, this house is designed to have a very direct relationship with the intensely-present elements whilst making its presence felt within an environment that could easily overwhelm a meeker intervention.
The house presents itself with a variety of personas as it is approached along the existing winding dirt track. As first glimpsed, the leaping roofline dominates under the vast sky and tree canopies. Circling around on the track behind the house, it protects itself from the intense southwestern heat with solid masonry walls, punctuated only by the single break of the front door and capped with the angluar cantilevering roof. Continuing around the northern, open forested side, the house opens itself out to the landscape, stepping gently down from an only slightly raised verandah to an outdoor hearth and a grove of native grass trees.