Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life in the Heart of Nature

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (9)

M3 Architecture have designed Cape Tribulation House, a holiday retreat located on the northern coast of Queensland, Australia.

Description by M3 Architecture: This house is off-grid in the Daintree Rainforest, close to the beach at Cape Tribulation. This is an ancient ecosystem deserving of a sensitive approach to site. The design accentuates qualities of the rainforest coupled with attributes of holiday life at the beach.

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (1)

A path organises the site and choreographs a journey from the road, through the dense rainforest vegetation and down to the beach. Along the path, a continuous white rope orients and playfully leads the way through the landscape and house, performing feats of domesticity along the way: a gate, a balustrade, a towel rail, a lamp shade and support for a hammock.

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (4)

Cape Tribulation House is located along the path in a natural clearing, avoiding any mature tree removal. The exterior of the house is camouflaged with black plastic cladding and mirrored glass, allowing it to recede into the shadow of the rainforest canopy. On approach, the interior of the house becomes apparent: a light space clad with plywood, a counterpoint to the otherwise cool, dark green of the rainforest surrounds. These spaces engage the rainforest canopy via tall south facing windows and a dark blue ceiling foreground is used to draw in the rainforest canopy.

Architects: M3 Architecture
Photography: Peter Bennetts

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (7)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (3)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (8)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (1)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (2)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (4)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (3)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (5)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (6)

Cape Tribulation House for a Holiday Life at the Beach (2)

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Great Barrier House: a green project for 100% solar energy

Designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan and built on the Great Barrier Island, in New Zealand, this house relies 100% on solar power. Taking its...

Waterfront House with Remarkable Modern Architectural Design

Exclusive gated waterfront house elegantly captures the Haro Straight (Canada) from this remarkable modern architectural design from Victoria-based 519 design +, Chris Foyd and...

Woodsy Tahoe Cabin / Regan Baker Design

Regan Baker Design worked with our second time SF-based client, contractor Markus Burkhardt and Sagan Design Group to design, build and furnish an understated and inviting 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath cabin to comfortably host a family of five

Ok Loft, Moscow / Cartelle Design

The project of the apartments in Moscow for a young couple. The main objective of the Ok Loft was to unite three separate apartments into a single functional space. The loft style was taken as a basis.

Geometric Architecture Connected to the Sun and Sea: Sunflower House

Cadaval & Solà-Morales has designed this residential project on the coast of Spain, in Girona. Sunflower House is a cluster of 10 cubes -...

Single Level Extension to an Edwardian Home

Quinn Architecture is excited to have another lovely project in beautiful Elsternwick. This project is an elegant, single level, modern extension to this existing Edwardian home.