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Drew House by Simon Laws Anthill Constructions

By Eric Meunier


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Australian studio Simon Laws Anthill Constructions has designed the Drew House project.

Completed in 2010, this holiday retreat is located on the Queensland coast of Australia.

Drew House by Simon Laws Anthill Constructions:

“The Drew house is a holiday retreat for Australian photographic artist, Marian Drew, and her family. In their youths the family took camping trips to the area near Seventeen Seventy, a town just south of Gladstone and the most northerly surf break on the east Australian coast at the start of the Great Barrier Reef. The house aims to create a kind of luxury campsite nestled amongst the knarled Bloodwoods and ancient Palms of the pristine ridge top site with forms that also reflect the strong iconography of the sugar mills that were also a large part of the family’s history.

Living and sleeping pods along with a bathhouse were built in Brisbane, close to construction services, and transported the 500km to site fully completed. The separated pavilions allow for the privacy of holidaying family groups and also more easily integrate into existing landscape, which has been minimally disturbed. The prefabricated roofed structure and decks were erected onsite and connect the various pods through a large outdoor living and dining area for shared gatherings. Aramax metal roof sheeting free spans the two identical, but reversed, hardwood self-bracing truss frames to create the ribbed parabolic roofed structure.

Natural oiled Australian hardwood timbers and other minimally finished, simple materials combine with the dynamic indoor/outdoor spaces to create an environment for the maximum enjoyment of the wonderful bushland setting and mild sub-tropical climate. Rainwater tanks, solar hot water and electrical panels, an energy efficient passive design and a community water recycling system, for everything but drinking and bathing, make the house largely self sufficient. The shower door features one of Marian’s works.”

Photos courtesy of Simon Laws Anthill Constructions

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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