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Famed for its regional builds peppered across Broome and the vast Kimberley region, Brolga
Developments & Construction is bringing its exceptional services closer to home, constructing
enduring residential and commercial projects in the Perth metropolitan area and state’s southwest.
Nestled within a forest, this holiday home has
received multiple accolades, both internationally
and locally, for its bold expression and dialogue
with natural landscapes.
Its prime position between a canopy of trees
at the edge of a meandering river and flood plain
offers the occupants spectacular outlooks, and
helps forge a deep connection to the environment.
Its impressive presence is the result of
a collaboration between Iredale Pedersen Hook
Architects, Terpkos Engineering, and Brolga
Developments & Construction, whose team
camped on site during the construction phase
to immerse themselves in the landscape.
The juxtaposition of a vertical forest and
horizontal vistas to the horizon was a deliberate
move on the architect’s part, to provide balance
and dramatic appeal.
The building itself hovers above ground on
stilts, to minimise disturbance to the forest and
provide protection from the hazardous wildlife
that roams the ground level.
Access to the home is via an elevated steel
grate ramp in a copper hue that blends in
seamlessly with the context, as sunlight reflects
on the bark of the trees.
The materials selected ooze earthy tones, from
the dark Colorbond steel and rusting steel, to the
recycled jarrah. These work together in harmony
to realise the architect’s vision for the home to act
as a ‘shadow’ to the forest backdrop.
Internally, the home comprises a series of
spaces positioned in an open-ended line that
creates a sense of seclusion.
Sustainability practices were employed
throughout all areas of the build, with the house
placed in a section that would reduce the clearing
of bush and removal of trees.
The structure was mostly pre-fabricated
to minimise building waste, and incorporated
recycled materials. Rainwater is captured thanks
to the long roof form, and heated from a solar
hot-water system, while grey water is recycled for
watering the garden below.
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