Gallery: Hilltop House Sits High on Stilts in Australian Spotted Gum Fo...

This gorgeous home in Australian sits smack in the middle of a Spotted Gum forest, so in order to embrace the pristine landscape without damaging any trees the home was designed with the lightest possible footprint. Sydney-based Richard Cole Architecture employed a timber and steel framing system and a cantilevered driveway to preserve the root systems of the spotted gum trees on the property. Vernacular architecture and materials featured in local Pittwater cottages inspired the design of the home, which features an array of energy-efficient systems and collects rainwater.

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  1. Holcim Awards December 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    This is a wonderful design. The architecture is beautiful and site serenely in the surrounding landscape. Furthermore the sustainable strategies are simple and effective: natural lighting and ventilation, Rainwater collection, minimizing the building’s footprint, local materials, etc. Fantastic! This would make an ideal submission to the Hoclim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

    For inspiring sustainable designs check out past winners of the Holcim Awards. The 2011 Holcim Awards are now open for submissions. Enter your ideas today!

  2. julia mck December 29, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I love this building, it looks like you are able to really experience the location even when in the home. Julia

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