Have you ever dreamt of living in your very own treehouse, high above ordinary cares and worries, where the air is more rarefied and all manner of critters swing and hop and flutter? Well, of course you have! As it happens, Australian firm mmp Architects has designed an award-winning tree house in Cairns, situated on a private lot on the flanks of Mt. Whitfield. Now, to be sure, the residence isn’t exactly a tree house; really, the structure stands on stilts of galvanized steel, giving it the appearance of floating above the ground. The house itself is made up of three pavilions connected by breezeways. Outdoor spaces are plentiful, but should visitors wish to stay indoors, they can admire the surrounding forest canopy through any of the many large windows placed strategically around the house. Also, they can rest assured they are helping to maintain their home’s beautiful environs, as sustainably harvested timber and locally-sourced stones were used in its making. It’s no wonder the Australian Institute of Architects named this place its 2012 House of the Year.
Via Arch Daily.