“Live in a house” designed by Stuart Tanner Architects — this particular Pirates Bay home is one of the most peaceful homes I’ve ever seen. The building’s dramatic gesture toward the ocean is tempered by a more intimate dialogue with the rear of the site, thus symbolizing a bridge transition between wooded glade and open ocean vista. Passive heating and cooling through cross-ventilation, on site waste water management, rainwater harvesting, and exterior sun screens are some of the more impressive architectural components that make the project green.
For architect Stuart Tanner, growing up in Tasmania—surfing, diving, and bush walking through the Australian state’s many rainforest’s—has given him a love of the land and has strongly influenced his architecture.
“I saw an opportunity to connect the forest with the ocean,” says Tanner about the house, which is surrounded by Tasmanian blue-gum trees and wild vegetation. With the help of local engineer Jim Gandy, Tanner used suspension-bridge technology to design the house as a hovering platform, with a minimum footprint, that seems to reach out in a grand gesture toward the sea. An existing driveway became a place to park under the house, while the support wall served to hide plumbing.
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