Leaf House. Sydney, Australia
Year: 2007 – 2009
Leaf House is 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 creating connections between the interior and exterior.
It responds to a prominent location in-the-round, constantly changing shape in relation to its surroundings and providing unique impressions 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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