Planochella House in Queensland has been named the best in Australia

A jawdropping cliffside retreat that was named Australian House of the Year at the Houses Awards in 2015 has been sold by its architect owners, after being dubbed one of the most architecturally remarkable and internationally acclaimed Aussie homes of the century.

Planochella House, which is located just outside Cairns in Queensland, was designed by the husband and wife duo Jesse Bennett and Anne-Marie Campagnolo who had a desire to live ‘simply’ in a home reflecting its natural surroundings. 

The property boasts three bedrooms, a rooftop garden pool, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and stunning views of the surrounding rainforest and countryside. 

A jawdropping cliffside retreat that was named Australian House of the Year at the Houses Awards in 2015 has sold by its architect owners, after being dubbed one of the most architecturally remarkable Aussie homes (Planochella House pictured)

A jawdropping cliffside retreat that was named Australian House of the Year at the Houses Awards in 2015 has sold by its architect owners, after being dubbed one of the most architecturally remarkable Aussie homes (Planochella House pictured)

Planochella House (pictured), which is located just outside Cairns in Queensland, was designed by the husband and wife duo Jesse Bennett and Anne-Marie Campagnolo who had a desire to live 'simply' in a home reflecting its natural surroundings

Planochella House (pictured), which is located just outside Cairns in Queensland, was designed by the husband and wife duo Jesse Bennett and Anne-Marie Campagnolo who had a desire to live ‘simply’ in a home reflecting its natural surroundings

The property boasts three bedrooms, a rooftop garden pool, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and stunning views of the surrounding rainforest and countryside (interior pictured)

The property boasts three bedrooms, a rooftop garden pool, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and stunning views of the surrounding rainforest and countryside (interior pictured)

The home has also been built using an array of different materials throughout, such as rosewood, which add to a feeling of warmth in the home (pictured)

The home has also been built using an array of different materials throughout, such as rosewood, which add to a feeling of warmth in the home (pictured)

The home has also been built using an array of different materials throughout, such as rosewood, which add to a feeling of warmth in the home (pictured)

Planochella is completely unique, insofar as it is set in a secluded rainforest location and it features a curved concrete facade that has been designed to integrate into the landscape over time.

It also has a large flat roof with an overhang to make it look like a rainforest canopy so that it encourages the air to circulate around the house.

‘Even during the rainy season you can leave the windows open and the rain doesn’t come in,’ Jesse previously told The Australian.

‘With such a harsh climate you can’t ignore it, so it’s best to work with it. 

‘A lot of the design solutions are based on really simple passive design principles – low-tech designs with the sun and wind in mind.’   

To this day, the house still has no need for air conditioning or heating – which is a feat given its tropical setting. 

To this day, the house still has no need for air conditioning or heating - which is a feat given its tropical setting, and it has an indoor outdoor flow with minimal walls and columns so you can enjoy the view from all angles (interior pictured)

To this day, the house still has no need for air conditioning or heating – which is a feat given its tropical setting, and it has an indoor outdoor flow with minimal walls and columns so you can enjoy the view from all angles (interior pictured)

Planochella is completely unique, insofar as it is set in a secluded rainforest location and it features a curved concrete facade (pictured) that has been designed to integrate into the landscape over time

Planochella is completely unique, insofar as it is set in a secluded rainforest location and it features a curved concrete facade (pictured) that has been designed to integrate into the landscape over time

Highlights of the property include a magnesium filtered pool, with views up into the mountains, Brazilian-inspired custom-built furniture and minimal walls and columns which allow for unobstructed views to the outdoors from every room.

The home has also been built using an array of different materials throughout, such as rosewood, which add to a feeling of warmth within the property.

Planochella follows an L-shaped floorplan, and is divided into three zones wraps around the central courtyard space. 

Planochella follows an L-shaped floorplan, and is divided into three zones wraps around the central courtyard space (bathroom pictured)

Planochella follows an L-shaped floorplan, and is divided into three zones wraps around the central courtyard space (bathroom pictured)

The home has a sun-soaked rooftop deck with views of both the National Park and the city (deck pictured)

The home has a sun-soaked rooftop deck with views of both the National Park and the city (deck pictured)

Jesse designed and built the Planchonella House himself with the help of just seven contractors, while Anne-Marie controlled the interior design (exterior pictured)

Jesse designed and built the Planchonella House himself with the help of just seven contractors, while Anne-Marie controlled the interior design (exterior pictured)

Jesse designed and built the Planchonella House himself with the help of just seven contractors, while Anne-Marie controlled the interior design. 

Since its creation, it has won a host of esteemed awards – including  the top national gong at the Australian Institute of Architects Awards – the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture and New House over 200 square metres at the Houses Awards.

For more information about the property, please click here

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