Australian architecture firm Jackson Clements Burrows completed the Cape Schanck House, a wood-clad, contemporary structure that rises dramatically above an undulating coastal dune landscape in Australia. Located atop a high inland dune, Cape Schanck is covered with large glazed windows to take in expansive views of the varied landscape comprising cleared grass dunes, dense heathlands, and evergreen shrubbery. The house is equipped with fully automated electrical systems, rainwater collection tanks, and sunshades to lower its energy footprint.
The home’s wood-clad, geometric form was inspired by the remnants of a hollowed out burnt log found by the Jackson Clements Burrows team on a site visit. Inspired by its raw form, the architects used the log as a springboard for the design process of the home’s interior and exterior design. The structure’s lighter-colored lower level forms a dune-like base that rises like a natural extension of the landscape. The upper, wood-clad level is conceived as the hollowed out log oriented to the northwest to embrace sweeping views of the landscape.
The house is divided into three main areas to accommodate the needs of a retired couple and their extended family that regularly visit. The main portion of the upper level that juts out towards the landscape comprises the communal areas, including the kitchen, dining, living area, garage, and laundry room. The master bedroom and suite are also located on the upper level and branch out from the main log-like volume. The upper levels are clad in spotted gum hardwood boards that have been stained black. Guest bedrooms are located on the lower level.