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m3architecture constructs indoor/outdoor tribulation house

the tribulation house, designed by brisbane-based m3architecture, provides for a dynamic indoor/outdoor lifestyle within its lush vegetative site in the daintree rain forest in cape tribulation. given its ecologically sensitive sight, the project finds itself within a natural clearing in order to avoid unnecessary tree removal. the structure begins as a trail head that eventually forms an elevated path that unfolds into a series of canopies and interactive spaces.

dark facade panels combined with exposed timber elements help the structure disappear into the constantly changing shadows of the forest.  angular roofs frame full height glass walls or recede from the building footprint to expose semi-exterior areas that bring outdoor living to the interior. throughout the front facade of the house, a thick white rope transforms from the handrail of the entry walkway to a playful interactive element draped along the edges of the roofs that serves as a functionally decorative piece. the entire structure sits upon stilts elevated above the ground to minimize the direct impact on the topography using heavy timber and light-weight wood frames to compose the structure that is allowed to expand and contract with the humidity and varying weather conditions.

the dark facade is absorbed into the shadows cast by the heavy vegetation image © peter bennetts
the dark facade is absorbed into the shadows cast by the heavy vegetation
image © peter bennetts
the continuous rope serves several functions including a ‘gate, balustrade, towel rail, lamp shade and support for a hammock’
the continuous rope serves several functions including a ‘gate, balustrade, towel rail, lamp shade and support for a hammock’

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overhanging roof protects the double-height space clad in glass walls and translucent louvers enclosing the bedrooms
overhanging roof protects the double-height space clad in glass walls and translucent louvers enclosing the bedrooms

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covered kitchen and dining area enjoy full glass walls and forest views
covered kitchen and dining area enjoy full glass walls and forest views

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living and dining rooms are interior/exterior spaces in interstitial nodes between pathways
living and dining rooms are interior/exterior spaces in interstitial nodes between pathways

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m3architecture constructs indoor/outdoor tribulation house
image © peter bennetts
all images courtesy of m3architecture

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