This lovely family home isn’t just minimalist in appearance—it also emphasizes minimal landscape impact. Australian firm teeland architects designed Tinbeerwah House as a glass pavilion wrapped in sliding hardwood screens that give homeowners control over daylight, breezes, privacy, and views. The site-sensitive dwelling also harnesses solar energy for power, collects rainwater for potable use, and even recycles wastewater for irrigation and bush regeneration.
Located in the Noosa hinterland, Tinbeerwah House features a rectangular footprint stretching north to south across 2,800 square feet. The architects chose a long and thin footprint to maximize access to ocean views and cross ventilation in every room. A spacious open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area occupy the north end of the home while the master bedroom en suite placed at south side bookends the three bedrooms, the bathrooms, and laundry room in the middle.
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Set atop black concrete retaining walls, the home’s low-lying timber-clad form blends into the landscape. Floor-to-ceiling glass blurs the boundary between inside and outside, and solar gain can be controlled with sliding screens. A small orchard and terraced vegetable garden are also on site.
Images via teeland architects, © Jared Fowler