A Northern NSW property on Australia’s east coast is undergoing a transformation from cattle grazing land to rainforest. It is a generous gesture by the site’s new owners to reinstate a bygone landscape, a vegetal and architectural vision that will take generations to realise.
The owners intend to not only live amongst the beautiful growing setting, but to manage the rainforest as a wild orchard or vineyard. The hardwoods will be tended to maturity and then selectively harvested, the long lifespan of the trees meaning a wait of between 50 and 300 years before the first crop will be realised.
The rainforest timber’s unhurried growth has influenced our approach for inserting architecture in the site. All the buildings being designed respond to the notion of a 300 year lifecycle.
The structures, both for habitation and working, are endowed with a sense of permanence. They have been conceived as ruins in the landscape; ancient concrete and stone structures that have been unearthed and retrofitted for comfortable habitation with crisp glass and steel details.
Description from the architects