"malunna" meaning "birds nest" in native Palawa language. this home is a holiday house situated in the riverside village of opossum bay.
the building takes its cues from the local farm buildings, tas oak board and baton cladding is used as found typically on the barns. a central internal courtyard opens up to both the river on the west and to a sheltered external courtyard on the east.
when opened up it creates a strong connection to the landscape and extra space for family & larger gatherings. it also allows good prospect of the water views from the sheltered eastern courtyard protected from the prevailing westerly winds. a central "camp" fire is positioned in the internal courtyard.
a continuous wrap around verandah acts as a threshold & transitional zone between inside and out.
a perimeter post & beam frame supports a second skin which opens and closes to control climate and views. the skin is made up of oak batons which filters the summer light and is reminiscent of sitting under the sculptural band of allocasuarinas found at the bottom of the property in the primary dune system. Internally mezzanines for the kids float amongst voids in double height spaces.
sunlight penetrates all day through double height glazed slits warming the thermal mass of the polished concrete slab. The building is narrow in plan which allows good solar gain, views and cross ventilation in every room.