Tucked up in the forest outside Noosa on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland is a stunning house made almost entirely of glass and steel. This glorious house is almost camouflaged by the enormous trees surrounding it.
Owners Glenn and Michael Gloucester say their unique house is structurally like a tree itself. As it rises up it spreads out. It touches the ground in only a few places, and otherwise feels like it is floating in the canopy of the trees.
Their inspiration came from the traditional Queenslander style house with its ventilation and light, but without being a slave to that nostalgic look, theirs is a stunning, modern version flooded with light.
Because of the local cyclone regulations, the house needed lots of steel and concrete under the ground, and the house is tied down to stop it lifting. The steel structural system pinning down the house consists of a series of single poles with four fingers for added strength.
The owners say they have always tried to minimise the impact of their home on their local environment. They have succeeded wonderfully, as they now find themselves co-habiting with a vast array of animals – birds, goannas, koalas and wallabies.