Queensland-based design studio mmpP Architects has designed the HP Tree House project. The single-storey contemporary property can be found suspended above the forest floor of Mount Whitfield in Cairns, Australia.
According to the architects: “The contemporary Cairns property is set on a secluded and private lot on the flanks of Mount Whitfield in Cairns, the principle aims of this low budget home included simple, elegant and unpretentious form, easy access, minimum impact on site, sustainability and low maintenance. Sustainability is enhanced with long term low maintenance materials, sustainably harvested or plantation grown timber, locally sourced natural stone retaining walls.
“Suspended above the forest floor, living in this contemporary Australian home is akin to life on a roofed platform within the rainforest canopy. A relaxed and easy ambience contributes to a harmonious relationship between the house and its occupants.
“Of the HP Tree House project the jury noted ‘a house which cleverly engages its rainforest shroud from every room and interstitial space. Its unassuming exterior belies a sequence of varied scaled interior spaces that embody a relaxed tropical lifestyle in all possible weather conditions.”