When they commissioned this beautiful light-drenched home in Australia, the owners jokingly requested a planetarium. They didn't get one, but their jesting did inspire Jackson Clements Burrows to take the circular form seriously. Built on the grounds of a 1950s building that was too damaged to repair, it is wrapped in a vertical skin that shields the Henley house from the sun. And the eye-catching home also has a skylight that allows for generous daylighting.
The cedar skin not only creates a certain fluidity that connects the home with the surrounding landscape, but it also allows the building to breathe without allowing in too much heat. And a circular skylight on the first floor permits natural lighting that in turn obviates the need for daytime electricity use. Although not over the top in terms of its design, this energy efficient home exudes a soothing ambience.