D’Entrecasteaux House is a private residence designed by the Hobart based architectural firm Room11 Architects in 2016. The home is located on Bruny Island, which is part of Kingborough Council, in Australia, and covers a total ground area of 220 square meters.
Bruny Island is characterized by its vast and beautiful landscape, surrounded as it is by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, which separates it from the Tasmanian mainland. A remote location, being only accessible by boat, Bruny Island is a traditional holiday destination for those who call Hobart home.
The clients are a professional couple who approached the architectural firm after purchasing the land with the intention of commissioning the construction of a permanent residence. They already had experience with the island’s climate, as their family members own adjacent properties, so that they were aware of the fact that the architecture had to reconcile their desires to have a home that was luminous and that enjoyed a good view with the need to be protected from offshore winds and glare from the water plane of the channel. Additionally, the remote nature of the home meant that it needed to be solid and contained in order to counter its isolating effect upon the human psyche.