Architecture: HP Tree House

“The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the HP Tree House by mmp Architects the 2012 House of the Year. Suspended high above the forest floor surrounding Mt. Whitfield in Cairns, Australia, the building floats on a galvanized steel support structure – inviting the surroundings inside the home thanks to full glass walls and open to the elements breezeways. The AIA jury noted, “A house which cleverly engages its rainforest shroud from every room and interstitial space. Its unassuming exterior belies a sequence of varied scaled interior spaces that embody a relaxed tropical lifestyle in all possible weather conditions.”