m3architecture’s “Cape Tribulation House” has taken out a top award at the recent Queensland Architecture Awards, one of 12 awards and commendations the practice received.A BRISBANE based architect practice has proven itself as a creative design powerhouse scooping the pool at the latest Queensland Architecture Awards and winning top prize for a home in the far north.m3architecture took out the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture — Houses (new), for its Cape Tribulation House, just one of 12 awards and commendations that the firm was awarded.Cape Tribulation House, from the outside. Picture: Peter BennettsThe home, set in the World Heritage Daintree, is an off-the-grid holiday home for a Victoria-based owner, and fits in perfectly with its surrounds.While the architecture firm, founded by Michael Lavery, Michael Banney and Michael Christiansen in 1997, is more renowned for its larger scale education and public work than residential, the practice was founded in small institutional work for the University of Queensland and backyard house extensions.The dining and kitchen space is vast, welcoming and features plenty of warm, textured wood. Picture: Peter Bennettsm3archiecture director and lead architect on the project Ben Vielle said the practice was invited in 2010 by a friend to design the holiday home.“The owners reside in Victoria and were looking to design a house that would suit their family and friends,” Mr Vielle said“Both small and large groups were to occupy the house periodically in the mid-season and winter months.”This covered space with its outdoor barbecue and roomy decking allows for dining al fresco whatever the weather. Picture: Peter BennettsWhile not everyone is going to build an award-winning home, this home does come up with some great concepts that could be creatively incorporated into your average home.There are pavilions that can accommodate multiple sleeping arrangements, for example couple rooms that transform into bunk rooms and living spaces that also serve as a makeshift campsite.“Pavilions for living and sleeping are located around a central breezeway deck space — the social centre of the house,” Mr Vielle said.And the deck is a graduated space offering sun, shelter and an experience of the rainforest canopy.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe house features little pockets of privacy to sit back, swing back and relax. Picture: Peter BennettsDesigning a home in dense rainforest was no easy task for the practice, but armed with some pink surveyors tape they traipsed their way through the rainforest and marked out a path from the road to the beach with the least impact. The pink tape was eventually replaced with white rope now serving as a playful design feature leading from the road to the beach and through the house.With its dark wooden exterior and mirrored glass, the structure blends seamlessly into the surrounding forest. Picture: Peter BennettsWith 181sq m of internal space, yet 314sq m of floor area under the roof it’s easy to see this home takes full advantage of its World Heritage location.The house is mainly timber framed and lined, sourced from sustainable sources and is clad with black plastic and mirrored glass enabling it to disappear into the canopy.Can you get any closer to wildlife from the comfort of your own home? Picture: Peter BennettsEnergy use is minimised through passive design strategies such as using shade, natural ventilation and light, and with careful selection of fixtures and appliances.Mr Vielle said throughout the design process, Integreco, a sustainability and green building consultancy, provided advice on material selections and infrastructure systems.Getting good advice for both the design and economy of your home is clearly a key in a successful home build.The bathroom is pretty special. Picture: Peter Bennetts“This study demonstrated that the house has one-fifth the embodied and operational greenhouse gas emissions of a conventional Australian three-bedroom suburban house,” Mr Vielle said.“According to Integreco, this achievement is no mean feat, especially given the size of the building, amount of associated works and infrastructure.”If a house in the Daintree is appealing have a look at these three homes for sale:3351 Mossman Daintree Road, Daintree sits on 1.66ha and is on the market for $419,000.This cute little two bedroom hideaway at 118 Maple Rd Cow Bay, Daintree is for sale for $220,000.Or what about this for the ultimate family rainforest retreat at 120 Ronald Road, Daintree, asking in the mid-$300,000’s.
850 WFTL’s news partner, WPTV caught the drill on video. As of Tuesday, there are 3 presumptive cases of the coronavirus, and emergency officials in Florida are working overtime to prepare for any potential impacts in the state.Emergency medicine physician residents from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine participated in a mock disaster drill involving coronavirus, or COVID-19.The drill involved mock cruise ship passengers who were exposed to coronavirus. In the scenario, they’ll arrive by bus where they will be detained and isolated in a simulated cruise ship dock setting.