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London studio Undercurrent Architects have completed the Leaf House (2007 – 2009) a pavilion in Sydney, Australia. The private residence charmingly forms a connection with the exterior setting with its delicate roof that resembles fallen leaves, twisted steel beams  that simulate branches and moulded glass that expands the fluidity of the design.

Leaf-House-Sydney.-Undercurrent-architects_13In the words of  Pablo Picasso “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” This design truly shows the artistry of the designers and their capabilities to interpret, combine the hard of the land with the gentleness of the overlapping leaves, the toughness of the branches with the softness of its seductive lines and transparent appearance.

From the architects:

“Leaf House is a building that celebrates the wild Australian landscape, allowing users to be inside and in-Nature at the same time.

The building draws on organic forms and natural forces, expressing these within the structure and elements of the building, creating connections between in and outside.

It responds to a beautiful location in-the-round, constantly changing shape in relation to its surroundings and developing a presence unique from every aspect.

The design incorporates environmental principles including a passive heating/cooling system, low energy lighting, appliance and power systems, rainwater retention techniques and the use of site-sourced materials. It combines these with both high & low-tech material applications to produce a building that is harmonious, responsive and engages both occupants and the environment.”

Leaf-House-Sydney.-Undercurrent-architects_04Source of images undercurrent-architects.com

Photography: Hugh Rutherford

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Undercurrent Architects; Project Architects Didier Ryan, German Perez Tavio
Planning consultant: Claudia Youl
Jack Hodgson Engineers; Elliotwood Llp