A Treehouse Companion For An Architecturally-Significant Noosa Home

Gabriel Poole (1934–2020) was a Queensland architect recognised for progressive household jobs and pioneering of reduced value, prefabricated patterns. 1 of these inventive techniques was the ‘quadropod’ —  a modular metal-framed structural method suited to steep and tough internet sites. 

Gabriel’s models endure many years on, inspiring the modern generation of a new home in Tinbeerwah, Queensland, positioned just outside Noosa. The new building, developed by Bark Architects for the clients’ daughter and grandson, is positioned just 20 metres downhill from their initial 1983 property created by Gabriel Poole. 

Bark Architects built Sunrise Studio to equally recede into and embrace the surrounding bush landscape with no interrupting views, land, or privateness.

‘The spirit of the unique Poole property offered cues for the Sunrise Studio design rules with its modular proportioning program, its prefabricated steel major construction with light-weight infill development, its clear expression and legibility of construction, and a equivalent pared back directness and unadorned modesty of means,’ states Steve Guthrie, co-director of Bark Architects. 

Making use of the same rules of spatial generosity and transparency, the architects designed a two-bed room home opening to a north-experiencing deck. Just about every house connects to a central skywell bringing light and air flow into the center of the floorplan.

‘It wanted to be ‘small’ for regional government scheduling as effectively as for cost causes, but it essential to ‘feel’ major and very well related to its web-site and landscape,’ claims Steve. 

‘It allows diagonal views through the areas, as well as new trees popping up in the middle of the dwelling — full immersion in landscape.’ 

The challenge was manufactured using a partly prefabricated design approach to defeat the difficult web page and present trees. The major metal composition was prefabricated off web-site and erected in a few times, followed by the traditional timber body above six months.

Pre-coated metal cladding functions to minimise ongoing maintenance (especially important owing the building’s heights and obtain criteria), whilst the interiors are warmly cocooned in the modular sheets of limed plywood lined walls, and ebony stained plywood flooring. 

At just 74 square metres internally, the finished home matches the primary in purpose and architectural excellence, devoid of overpowering the lush site.

‘We love how the house feels,’ says Steve. ‘It’s bodily a tiny dwelling, but spatially it feels generous, and there’s the ever existing target on bringing the outside in and the sensation that you are perched up in a treehouse, the natural way immersed in nature.’

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