Completely off-grid and raised up to avoid occasional flooding, Platypus Bend House cantilevers spectacularly over a bushland clearing...
Platypus Bend House is named after the elusive resident of the verdant creek that snakes through this quintessential Australian bush site of 35 acres. The existing clearing is the size of a football field and prone to occasional but significant flooding during seasonal tropical downpours.
The house is raised entirely off the ground on steel struts to protect it from flooding. The resulting cantilever gives the house its dramatic floating effect.
Platypus Bend House is entirely self-sustaining, water is collected in rainwater tanks and solar panels provide power.
Perforated steel lines the expansive decks, creating a beautiful interplay of light and reflection. Platypus Bend House offers its inhabitants a contemporary, strong and resolute haven that harmonises with the Australian bush that envelops it.