Leaf House. Sydney, Australia
Year: 2007 – 2009
Leaf House is a building that celebrates the wild Australian landscape, allowing users to be inside and in-Nature at the same time.
The building draws on organic forms and natural forces, expressing these within the structure and elements of the building, creating connections between in and outside.
It responds to a beautiful location in-the-round, constantly changing shape in relation to its surroundings and developing a presence unique from every aspect.
The design incorporates environmental principles including a passive heating/cooling system, low energy lighting, appliance and power systems, rainwater retention techniques and the use of site-sourced materials. It combines these with both high & low-tech material applications to produce a building that is harmonious, responsive and engages both occupants and the environment.
- Integration of inside and outside space
- Integration of building and landscape
- Wild, organic structure; in context with the surrounding
- Multi – perspective, dynamic spatial experience; constantly changing at every instance
- Metaphorical motifs: leaf / tree / fire / branch / cloud / rain / earth
- Haiku in architecture; the building was influenced by the Haiku poetic form with succinct and compressed meaning in 3 lines and 5/7/5 syllables.
- Hand-made, improvised building quality
- Planning Permission contrary to Policy
Undercurrent Architects; Project Architects Didier Ryan, German Perez Tavio
Planning consultant: Claudia Youl
Jack Hodgson Engineers; Elliotwood Llp
Photography: Hugh Rutherford
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