Project Name: Leaf House
Project Location: Sydney Australia
Project Architect: Undercurrent Architects
Completion period: Year 2007 – 2009
Design Team: Undercurrent Architects – Didier Ryan, German Perez Tavio, Claudia Youl
Jack Hodgson Engineers; Elliotwood Llp
Photography: Hugh Rutherford and Marc Gerritsen
Architecture that promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world is truly a challenge in this hectic 21st century lifestyle. Leaving behind all city chaos and sited in a dramatic coastal setting is a distinctive abode put together by Undercurrent Architects.
Leaf House blends seamlessly with its surrounding natural fabric. It engages this breathtaking site with a building of equal character, intensity and irregularity. The building has been shaped by the environment and constantly changes in response to its very surrounding.
The series of interleaved roofs and the landscape terrace form an integral part of the house. It is the roof in particular that truly defines the house.
The living spaces are located on the open plan terrace while the private spaces have been designed below the terrace and into the hill.
The design diffuses beautifully into its surrounding and aims for minimal shelter. It’s irregularity in form makes it rather appealing.
The house exemplifies a sense of transparency with the lush greenery around. The interiors being perforated and porous filter in the sunlight. The undulating glass wall make the interior spaces more flexible, modulating and shaping light.
The building’s structural fabric takes its inspiration from a ‘tree’. Just as a tree flattens and spreads, gradually coursing like lateral roots, a central column shoots right from the earth and branches outwards. These roots are made to interweave and spin steadily into a cloud like form. The cloud eventually condenses and falls back to the earth as rain. The metaphorical transformations unleash a structure that not only elevates as a structural masterpiece but stands responsive to the natural environment around it.
Leaf house takes an environmental approach through its use of site-sourced materials thereby engaging its occupants and the environment.