The Sugar Gum House by Architects Ink is located in Willunga, a South Australian town neighbouring the famed McLaren Vale wine region. As its name would suggest, the house is designed around two towering sugar gum trees, that sit in the middle of the sloping site. The clients were a semi-retired couple with a love for architectural design, who engaged Architects Ink to design an architecturally magnificent home around these trees, while maintaining a strong connection to the site.
‘The aim was to build a compact, light-filled house which integrates passive thermal principles, while capturing the magnificent view over the McLaren Vale region to the sea beyond,’ explains director and architect, Tony Lippis. With steep terrain and the enormous sugar gums dictating the scale and location of the dwelling, the rectangular brick house is built into the site rather than on top of it.
The street-facing threshold is level with