A Japanese-inspired timber home by Australian architect Richard Leplastrier has hit the market in Avalon, a beachside town just north of Sydney.
Angophora House – completed in 2013 and listed by Modern House – is a series of floating pavilions set among Angophora trees in a nature reserve. Each pavilion is connected by an outdoor walkway, forcing residents and visitors to interact with their surroundings.
Leplastrier – who worked for Sydney Opera House designer Jørn Utzon and Japanese architect Kenzo Tange – drew on old Japanese homes and their use of timber framing for the project.
Its first owner, builder Andrew Campbell, was among the team who helped handcraft the property’s six pavilions, using salvaged jarrah, pale hoop pine plywood and red mahogany. ‘[Richard’s] windows are always framing a tree or part of the landscape and it’s especially true at Angophora House,’ he said when selling the property in 2013. ‘It’s all about involving the human with the landscape.’
On top of the Japanese-style pavilions, Angophora House has a three-storey tower accessed by an exterior spiral staircase. The property – which you can try before you by via Airbnb – also has four bedrooms that are flexible enough to be used as studios or dining rooms instead.
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