Set in the Noosa hinterland, Tinbeerwah House balances the contrast of minimalist architecture against the native bushlands, while also seamlessly blending with the natural colour palette of its surroundings.

With eastern ocean views, the award-winning Teeland Architects team knew the most difficult challenge would be to take advantage of the scenic outlook, while not compromising the occupants’ comfort if the hot morning sun shone through. David Teeland, Kim Jong Sook, Jenna Hawting and Monique Watt worked together on the project to design a family home that allows occupants to have complete control over light, breezes, privacy, outdoor spaces and view outlooks, creating an operational glass pavilion wrapped in sliding timber screens.

The winter sun can be welcomed into the home by sliding open the screens, while the summer heat is blocked by stylised shade, while still maintaining the impressive views. The slim home design is a Teeland Architects specialty. It allows the ocean views and natural light to be maximised, creating an expansive one room deep layout. This design accomplishes cross ventilation and natural light for the interior space, while retaining a premium exterior aesthetic.

The design team knew a true family home provided both central spaces and quiet refuges. The final design optimised both family fun and private relaxation, allowing everyone to live, play and work together or alone in equal comfort. The family can gather in north-east communal living areas to cook, eat and relax, or retreat to private spaces for solitude.

The kitchen offers a darker, metallic design, beautifully contrasting from the neutral tones seen in the rest of the home. These spaces are amplified with magnificent views that stretch directly out when the screen doors are opened. Southern bedrooms are woven between wardrobes and separated by bathrooms for some comforting time alone when desired. The bedrooms feature dark wooden flooring, which smoothly connects with the timber accents of the bathrooms and living spaces sliding doors.

Young children can step safely from the home into the garden to play, despite the Tinbeerwah home’s steep hinterland location. Working with the existing levels of the land, the floor plan was configured to allow the kitchen, living, dining and children’s bedrooms to open directly onto the natural ground. The design works with the landscape rather than opposing it to achieve a functional and aesthetically pleasing footprint.

Communal spaces also open out towards a large in-ground pool, which sits to the side of the minimalist exterior. The child friendly outdoor space is complete with a small orchard and vegetable garden. This also allowed the sustainable design to take advantage of its own solar power collection and rainwater to be used throughout the home. Waste water from the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry can be treated on site. These are later used for irrigation and bush regeneration. The practical features worked around the previous dramatic cuts in land and lack of drainage, fixed by utilising new retaining walls and restorative landscaping.

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