Local studio Teeland Architects designed Tinbeerwah House for a site in the hinterland around the resort in southern Queensland. What’s so special about this home? it’s fully covered with timber screens!
This family home is designed to feel the connection to the nature and the owners can pull the timber screens to provide uninterrupted views towards the ocean and forests from the house. The glazed surfaces lining all of the rooms are set back slightly behind screens made from slender battens of eucalyptus, which echo the vertical trunks of the surrounding trees. The building is kept low to the ground so the occupants can step out onto the garden from the living spaces. There’s also a small outdoor pool to enjoy staying outdoors.
The building’s slender plan is only one-room deep to maximize cross ventilation and the amount of natural light reaching the interior. The facades incorporate large sliding windows that can be opened or closed to adjust the exposure to the outdoors depending on the seasonal climate or time of day. Bedrooms at the opposite end are raised up above the slope at the front on angled supports.
A staircase situated between a pair of dark pigmented-concrete walls ascends to an entrance that opens onto the open-plan main living area. A kitchen with a dark island unit and a full-height storage wall is positioned at one end of the space, which also accommodates a lounge and dining area connected to the garden. A corridor that extends along the rear of the house leads from the living space towards three bedrooms, a family bathroom and, finally, the master bedroom suite.
The indoor decor is done in contemporary style, there’s a large open plan and the spaces are made interesting with a cool use of the materials: concrete, wood, stone and metal make them stylish and cool at the same time.