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Brief Published: 7 Feb 2012

The Joy (and Comfort) of the Great Outdoors


Situated in Queensland, Australia, new build Drew House is an ingenious single-family dwelling which draws more than a little of its inspiration from camping – albeit via a luxurious translation.

Designed by Australian architects firm Simon Laws Anthill Construction, the rural home is characterised by an inside/outside design sensibility that means the lion’s share of the space has a direct connection with the great outdoors.

The bulk of the home is made from two freestanding structures (one cylindrical, the other more bungalow-esque). Adjustable louvres run along the façade offering crucial ventilation and, via the extensive use of Australian hardwood timber, a visual echo of the surrounding landscape.

A sheltered decked area covered by a corrugated metal canopy connects the two living spaces – creating a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces and further serving to heighten the sense of connection with the natural environment. The self-sufficient design includes solar electricity, as well as rainwater tanks and water recycling systems.

For more on the growing consumer desire to reconnect with the natural environment, see Return to Nature.

Simon Laws Anthill Construction