An ancient ecosystem in Australia has recently become home to a modern yet environmentally sensitive holiday getaway. Brisbane-based M3 Architecture completed the Cape Tribulation Home, an off-the-grid oasis in the Daintree Rainforest. Located close to the beach, the house was carefully designed to minimize site impact and to blend into the surroundings as best as possible through careful choice of materials and color palette.
Surrounded by dense vegetation, Cape Tribulation Home was constructed on a natural clearing so as to not disturb the sensitive ecosystem and to avoid removal of mature trees. The holiday getaway is broken down into a series of sharply pitch-roofed pavilions arranged in a zigzag shape on the site, with the living area and breezeway deck located on the north end and the bedrooms located on the south side. Black plastic and mirrored glass clad the exterior to help protect the home from the elements and camouflage it with the shadows of the rainforest canopy.
In contrast to its dark facade, the interior is covered with light-colored plywood paneling and is filled with natural light from south-facing windows. A thick continuous white rope is strung throughout the site and serves as a rail and guide that leads visitors from the street to the house and out to Cape Tribulation beach. Solar panels top the roof and power the energy-efficient fixtures and home appliances. The home is naturally ventilated and assisted by ceiling fans.
Images via M3 Architecture, © Peter Bennetts