Garden House, a transparent house surrounded by Australian vegetation

Baracco+Wright Architects’ experimental home contributes to the regeneration of the site’s ecosystem. Traditional architectural elements are reinterpreted to establish new boundaries between interior and exterior.

Garden House is a small experimental dwelling placed in a clearing near Western Port Bay, Australia. Located in the territory of the Australian Aboriginal people Boon Wurrung, the project by Baracco+Wright Architects is an active part of the regeneration of the site’s ecosystem.

Garden House
Baracco + Wright Architects, Garden House. Photo Rory Gardiner

The house, strongly connected to the surrounding greenery and nature, is designed in order to let plants grow inside, without confining them to the closed space. The studio reinterprets traditional architectural elements and uses sheets of transparent polycarbonate – characterized on both sides by several layers of vegetation – to delimit the structure instead of the classic walls. 

Garden House
Baracco + Wright Architects, Garden House. Photo Rory Gardiner

The windows, which are missing, are replaced by large openings, sliding doors and perimeter panels, that allow plenty of light to enter thanks to their transparency. The steel structure houses a raised wooden platform, a living space, a garden of spontaneous vegetation and a mezzanine for the sleeping area.

Garden House
Baracco + Wright Architects, Garden House. Photo Rory Gardiner

The house is suspended from the ground to allow the flow of water and thus have a minimal impact on the territory and its natural processes. Only the small area of the bathrooms touches the ground, while the rest allows plant species to proliferate inside: a system that helps the regeneration of the ecosystem and becomes part of it. 

Garden House
Western Port, Victoria, Australia
Private house
Baracco+Wright Architects
Design team:
Louise Wright, Mauro Baracco, Catherine Horwill
Structural engineering:
Dale Simpson, Perrett Simpson
Site supervision:
Louise Wright
Other consultants:
Hastings Sheds
Frank Wright
31,785 euros
Area of the site:
1,300 sqm
Built area:
44.5 sqm

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