Timber recycling is the process of turning waste into usable products. It is a practice that was popularized in the early 1990s as issues such as deforestation and climate change prompted both timber suppliers and consumers to turn to a more sustainable timber source. Recycling timber is the environmentally friendliest form of timber production and is customary in countries such as Australia where supplies of old wooden structures are plenty.
Peninsula House stands as a fine example of such an Eco-friendly statement. Located near Victoria’s coastline, this single floor house is constructed of up to 75 percent recycled timber.
A wooden skin structure enfolds two glazed pavilions separated by different levels but sharing the same roof. A covered entrance area establishes the connection between the two opposite zones, private and social.
The higher ceiling pavilion is exclusively destined to a large open space devoted to living, dining and kitchen activities. Only a small toilet and a storage room are partitioned from the rest of the social program. The lower height pavilion conceals the private areas composed by two bedrooms with a shared bathroom and also a huge bedroom suite.
The term “glazed” is taken to an extreme level: all the facades are mainly composed by a glass wall that often transforms into sliding doors. Terraces and verandas surround the entire perimeter of the Peninsula House offering the perfect spot to absorb the sea breeze of the almost touchable coastline. The continuous module of the timber pillars converts this residence into a modern temple… Its white painted interior surfaces enhance the sacred ambiance that lives inside this recycled timber construction.