Architecture firm ArchiBlox has crafted a family home in the idyllic Melbourne suburb of Blackburn, set right in amongst the leafy green Australian natural landscape. Though it’s not technically a tree house, the Blackburn House feels like one with its structure cantilevering dramatically over a cascading slope. Nestled amongst gum trees and stunning back views of Gardiners Creek Reserve, the house is elevated to soar above the ground and stay close to the tree tops.
Designed as a modular home, the Blackburn House features two wings distinguished by height and external cladding. The main wing is a double-storey structure with a bold black colorbond exterior. To access the house, you climb up a set of stairs lined with native plants and rock formations. From there, you enter the main wing, which boasts an open plan containing a kitchen, living, and dining space. The additional wing is a timber-clad unit featuring a master bedroom, laundry, study, and rumpus.
The interior is kept simple and minimal to draw focus on the outdoor scenery. Amenities like shelving and furniture are pushed to the sides and large windows are implemented – providing unobstructed access to the striking views of the bushlands. Ceiling and walls are painted white while the floor is clad with glossy timber, lending the interior a sense of airiness. The elements work together so nicely that you’re completely immersed, temporarily forgetting the physical separation between yourself and the great outdoors.
The Blackburn House by ArchiBlox is about as close to a grown-up version of a tree house as you’ll get. The architects have done a stellar job in bringing modern design into the natural setting.