Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 24 Autumn 2010 Contents he says. " ere are a few houses that have
been built in the area and they're all
e environment was also a consideration
in deciding where the house would be built,
with Stuart instantly drawn to the site's
trees on his first visit. "I said to the client,
you have to put your house right here," he
says, talking about the said trees. " e land
was an old sheep paddock and the top of the
site was very exposed, so we built further
down." It was a decision that denied the
owners "an enormous spreading view",
but one that has proved its worth.
Separating the home from the private
beach is a 40-metre coastal protection zone
of sheoak trees, which acts as a buffer
against the area's cold prevailing winds in
winter. During summer, the trees put on a
spectacular display of greenery and filter
western sunlight into the main living spaces.
" e sheoaks make a fantastic noise
that the Tasmanian Aboriginals refer to
as witjweri and once you open all the pivot
doors it's like you're part of the land and
you're almost camping," explains Stuart.
"When you're inside, the trees become a
mural to the interior space."
CALM DOWN: (top) Glass walls and
doors ensure the home nestles within
the landscape, rather than dominating
it. (above) The 'musical' bookcase adds
interest to an otherwise stark hallway.
(left) Tasmanian oak boards complement
the raw concrete floors in the hallway and
bedroom. (far right) Antiques add depth
to the contemporary interior.
" e building speaks to you. e main space and the whole
building speak of stopping, reflection and peacefulness."
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