Architecture

Spectacular rainforest home immerses its residents in lush tropical greenery

The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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Toilet and vanity inside the Planchonella House
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Toilet and vanity inside the Planchonella House
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
Kitchen benches and courtyard inside the award-winning Planchonella House
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Kitchen benches and courtyard inside the award-winning Planchonella House
The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
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The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
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The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
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The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
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The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
Garage space beneath the Planchonella House
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Garage space beneath the Planchonella House
The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
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The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
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The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
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The Planchonella House uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior
Staircase leading from the garage up to the entrance of the Planchonella House
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Staircase leading from the garage up to the entrance of the Planchonella House
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
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The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
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The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
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Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
Pool and private courtyard at the Planchonella House
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Pool and private courtyard at the Planchonella House
The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
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The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
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The award-winning interior of the Planchonella House in Australia's north
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
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The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
Pool and private courtyard at the Planchonella House
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Pool and private courtyard at the Planchonella House

When an architect and interior designer combine to craft their dream home, you'd expect to see creative impulses let loose in some pretty spectacular ways. Australia's award-winning Planchonella House by husband-and-wife duo Jesse Bennett and Anne-Marie Campagnolo is a shining example of this, using raw materials in a stunning rainforest home that immerses its inhabitants in its lush surroundings.

The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns, with the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef also close by. Inside are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study, with a partially covered four-car garage and workshop sitting underneath.

The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price
The Planchonella House is on the market now for an undisclosed price

Tucked away in the forest canopy, the home is sandwiched between two curvy concrete slabs designed to reference the ridgeline above it. Connecting these are floor-to-ceiling windows that make the most of the hinterland and city views to the south, while also inviting the surrounding greenery to be part of the interior aesthetic.

The concrete theme continues inside where internal walls are kept to a minimum to maintain an open, airy feel. Brick and timber are also used throughout, most notably in the wooden wall lined with bookshelves that swings open to reveal the master bedroom, along with the timber benches overlooking the private courtyard.

Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House
Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for the couple behind the Planchonella House

That outdoor space is enclosed by the L-shaped home on two sides and thick rainforest on the others, where the absence of fencing again accentuates the Planchonella's open, immersive feel. This space, which Bennett calls the "lungs" of the home, also features an above-ground magnesium-filtered pool with ornamental waterfall tucked away up back. An irregular, bright yellow ladder offers access from the courtyard to the rooftop, which is covered in tropical foliage and hosts another viewing platform for the spectacular surroundings.

The house uses the combination of greenery-covered roof, large sliding windows and concrete thermal mass to passively cool its interior. The landscaping and building design have also been configured to optimize water-run off, while native and low-water-use vegetation keep consumption and maintenance low.

The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns
The Planchonella House sits on a 4,818-square-meter block (52,000-sq ft) on the edge of a nature park in the northern Australian coastal city of Cairns

Unsurprisingly, the awards have come thick and fast for Bennett and Campagnolo, who camped on site during the two-year construction of the Planchonella House. Completed in 2015, it claimed the award for Residential Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects in the same year, and won the Interior Design category in the 2017 American Architecture Prize, among a host of other awards.

"Here is an architect/builder/inventor and an interior innovator at their combined best," wrote the Australian Institute of Architects jury in 2015. "The Planchonella House in Cairns is not constrained by climatic concerns or by a client who might have had differing design aspirations. It has a consistency throughout. Its most persuasive attitude is its invention and directed playfulness."

If you happen to be on the hunt for a new place to call home and the Planchonella House is ticking all your boxes, it is on the market now for an undisclosed price. More information is available via the source link below, or take a virtual tour via our gallery.

Source: Modern House Estate Agents

2 comments
tim63
Don't be fooled it's in a suburb in the middle of Cairns not out in the rainforest, the way Cairns is going there will be houses around it real soon. Oh there already are all anybody cares about up here is money.
Riaanh
Lovely, you can see this was a work of love.
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