Prefabrication was chosen to achieve the tight timeframe and budget, but also as part of the strategy to preserve the trees. With the local construction practice, which is typically heavy masonry construction, it would be impossible to save and preserve the trees.
The house, which now appears to have spontaneously "grown" there, is actually made of a recycled shipping container. It was constructed by applying prefabrication wherever possible, with all the interior finishes, insulation and structure completed off-site. It was brought to the site fully prepared to serve as a dwelling. The timber cladding, light roof over steel ceiling, stone work, and decks were designed in advance, and were complimented by works on site, after the house was inhabited.
The pines not only lend desirability to this unique house but also serve as a natural source of air-conditioning. Their shade also protects the timber from the harsh sun.
The pine trees were examined as part of the design process. Their continued growth is monitored and adapted to a house that ends to be a truly living structure.
Interior Surface: 45 sqm