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Timber screens shield glass house from summer sun

Timber screens shield glass ho...
Hardwood screens allow the occupants to control how much light gets inside Tinbeerwah House
Hardwood screens allow the occupants to control how much light gets inside Tinbeerwah House
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Tinbeerwah House has a swimming pool outside
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Tinbeerwah House has a swimming pool outside
Tinbeerwah House's master bathroom
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Tinbeerwah House's master bathroom
The recently-completed Tinbeerwah House opens up to the outside 
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The recently-completed Tinbeerwah House opens up to the outside 
Hardwood screens allow the occupants to control how much light gets inside Tinbeerwah House
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Hardwood screens allow the occupants to control how much light gets inside Tinbeerwah House
Tinbeerwah House is located on a hill and accessed by a long staircasee
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Tinbeerwah House is located on a hill and accessed by a long staircasee
Tinbeerwah House measures 260 sq m (2,798 sq ft), all laid out on one floor.
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Tinbeerwah House measures 260 sq m (2,798 sq ft), all laid out on one floor.
Closeup of Tinbeerwah House's shower
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Closeup of Tinbeerwah House's shower
The entrance to Tinbeerwah House
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The entrance to Tinbeerwah House
Tinbeerwah House's swimming pool 
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Tinbeerwah House's swimming pool 
The kitchen and dining area in Tinbeerwah House
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The kitchen and dining area in Tinbeerwah House
Tinbeerwah House's dining area
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Tinbeerwah House's dining area
Tinbeerwah House's dining area opens up to the outside
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Tinbeerwah House's dining area opens up to the outside
Tinbeerwah House is based on a hillside 
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Tinbeerwah House is based on a hillside 
The long staircase that offers access to Tinbeerwah House
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The long staircase that offers access to Tinbeerwah House

Tasked with designing a family house on a steep hill with views of the ocean, Teeland Architects conceived a glazed rectangular home wrapped in timber screens that offer control over light, breeze, and views. The recently-completed Tinbeerwah House also features solar power and greywater recycling.

Tinbeerwah House is located in Noosa Shire, Australia, and measures 60 sq m (2,798 sq ft), all laid out on one floor. Operating the glazing and timber slats is a key part of making life comfortable in the home.

"In its simplest form, the new house is designed as an operable glass pavilion that is wrapped in fine hardwood screens, so the owners can control the amount of direct sun coming in," says the firm. "In winter, they can slide open the screens to let the winter sun in to heat up the concrete floor. In summer mornings, they can have the screens closed to provide shade from direct sun, while still maintaining views and breezes through the timber battens."

The kitchen and dining area in Tinbeerwah House
The kitchen and dining area in Tinbeerwah House

As Tinbeerwah House sits on a steep slope, access is gained by a long staircase. The interior of the home is arranged into a large living space with an open kitchen, dining area, and living room. Elsewhere lies three kids bedrooms and a master bedroom. A pool is installed outside, and there's also a small vegetable garden and orchard.

Tinbeerwah House has a solar power system, which reduces its draw on the grid. A rainwater collection system provides potable water for use in the house and the waste water from bathrooms kitchen and laundry use is treated and re-used for irrigation.

Source: Teeland Architects

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