GDA House of the Year Awards Finalist 2 | Bellbird Retreat


The brief

A weekend retreat for the homeowner and up to four guests with a design that respects and embraces the spectacular rural location.

Design outcomes

Situated in an untouched bushland reserve, the modest lodging encourages a dialogue between man-made and natural environments. Connection to the natural environment is created through building form and materials, climatic sensitivity and the framing of views.

Editor’s favourite

How the patina of the oxidised roof and brick blades mimic the tones of adjacent gum trees and local stones.


Location: Killarney, Queensland
Architect: Steendijk Architects
Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

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