Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Planchonella House: Bringing The Outdoors In

If you’ve followed my articles you’d have noticed my love for the tropics, which is why I was so excited to write about the Planchonella House – a stunning tropical North Queensland home designed and built by the homeowners themselves, that truly embraces the lush landscape and its surroundings.

The young homeowners, Jesse Bennet (architect and builder) and Anne-Marie Campagnolo (interior designer), have created a beautiful home in Cairns that brings the outdoors in thanks to the carefully chosen materials that make the light-filled home. Gorgeous floor to ceiling glass forms a transparent boundary between the indoors and out, which is then softened by the use of beautiful warm-toned Papua New Guinea Rosewood that outlines the many windows and doors.The restrained use of glass, concrete, and Papua New Guinea Rosewood was carefully implemented so as to not take away from the focus of the leafy green surrounds.

To contrast against the solid materials, Jesse and Anne-Marie incorporated a fun and vibrant interior scheme to add warmth to the space. Examples of this can be seen in features such as: the floor to ceiling padded bedhead, fully upholstered in Christian Lacroix’s Jardin Exo’Chic Bougainvillier fabric; the bespoke pink curved sofa, which delicately hugs the curve of the glass wall of the living room; and the black steel framed bookcase shelving, which cleverly pivots open to reveal the master bedroom – a really fun and inventive creation, designed and built by Jesse!

I’ve only touched briefly on this house, and trust me – there’s plenty more to see! Every architectural and interior design detail has received the most careful consideration, which is why every turn and every corner offers something so very special.

Caitlan N