Edge Hill Residence, Cairns, North Queensland

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Edge Hill Residence in Cairns

11 Jan 2023

Architecture: TPG Architects

Location: Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Edge Hill Residence Cairns

Photos by Andrew Watson Photography

Edge Hill Residence, Australia

The Edge Hill Residence is located on the sloping terrain of Mount Whitfield, offering breathtaking views of Cairns, Trinity Inlet, and the Coral Sea. The design of the home was inspired by the goal of creating the illusion of a single-story structure that is deeply rooted in the earth, despite the challenging hillside location.

Edge Hill Residence Cairns

Edge Hill Residence Cairns

To preserve a group of mature Hoop Pine trees on the property, the layout of the home was designed to flow around them in a linear form, consisting of a series of connected pavilions connected by a central breezeway.

Edge Hill Residence Cairns North Queensland

The house is arranged to allow for a gradual reveal of the stunning panoramic views, with box volumes oriented to present framed glimpses of the surrounding pine trees and ridgelines.

Edge Hill Residence Cairns QLD

Edge Hill Residence Cairns QLD

Upon entering the home through the breezeway, visitors are welcomed into a central living and kitchen area. From here, a cantilevered deck extends out towards the view, while a courtyard garden nestles into the hillside. The home also includes two-bedroom wings that jut out over the landscape, supported by concrete columns.

Edge Hill Residence Cairns North Queensland

Edge Hill Residence Cairns North Queensland

These cantilevered volumes create space for the rainforest to flow under the building, blending the boundary between the built environment and the surrounding natural landscape. The use of the traditional Queenslander pillars, allow the building’s dark texture to linearly lay a contrast among with its vibrant organic environment.

Edge Hill Residence Cairns QLD

Edge Hill Residence Cairns QLD

Raw and elegant, a material palette that vibrantly accentuates its rainforest surroundings while complementing the dark charred exterior of concrete and black ply cladding throughout the interior, including rough black timber ply and smooth black fiber cement paired with polished form concrete and fairfaced blockwork.

Edge Hill Residence Cairns

Design: TPG Architects – https://www.tpgarchitects.com.au/

About Roger Mainwood
Director TPG Architects Roger is a founding director of TPG Architects. An unparalleled ability to seamlessly integrate the specific needs of each project within their respective environments. A wealth of unique experience has led to extensive involvement in the Cairns CBD Masterplan, initially as a consultant in 2007 and now led the Masterplan Review in 2017. Roger was the Project Manager and Architect for the original conversion of the Tanks Arts Centre and recently received State and National heritage awards for both the conversion of Wharf Shed 3 into the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and the Cairns Museum School Of Arts Building. His close involvement with community groups always ensures his concepts are sensitive to the needs of users. Roger’s work on urban space and tropical design along with his studio work with JCU Urban Design students has been recognised with his appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor.

Edge Hill Residence Cairns North Queensland

Photographs: Andrew Watson Photography

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Location: Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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