Jungle Living in a Concrete Oasis: Inside a Builder's Own Concrete Bunker Home (House Tour)
Inspired by jungle living and the whimsical idea of a spaceship crash landing into the landscape, Ground House 107R by David Fewson is a structure unlike any other. Beginning as a joint family effort, the guesthouse is complete with thoughtful design, build, furniture and artwork choices. The building is a precisely curated space in which one can find respite from urban living. With its charming jungle living experience, Ground House 107R sits on a section of undulating land surrounded by rainforest and is covered in a myriad of flora that helps it to disappear further into the land.
Starting from approach, the home’s calming yet magical ambience is first seen as it emerges over the ridge. First appearing as a brutalist compound of concrete, the guesthouse is softened by foliage that cascades over the sides of it like a form of art. Organic in its design, the structure features a bedroom, kitchen, living space and bathroom. As the house tour leads around the space, the open plan layout allows for an effortless flow to the outdoors and enforces the feeling of jungle living. In the bathroom, the view through the windowed wall offers a unique view of the home’s material make up. Additionally, the light that is gifted to the finished structure allows for the guesthouse to breath and emphasises the idea of jungle living.
Using only authentic and natural materials, David Fewson and his family have added an element of truth to the interior palette. Using a combination of concrete, real timber and brass, the architect and designers extend their idea of the home forming the shape of a crashed spaceship. Found only a few metres away, the hot tub is settled into the landscape and allows guests to immerse themselves further into jungle living.
At one with the landscape, Ground House 107R’s unique architecture and design elements offer a take on the bygone era and transports it to the contemporary age in which David Fewson hopes guest will find alluring. Located in northern New South Wales, the guesthouse is shrouded in a layer of secrecy that only deepens the charm and characteristics of the site. With its jungle living ideals and employed naturally made materials, Ground House 107R is a place in which serenity can be found in every detail.
00:00 – Introduction to the Concrete Bunker Home
00:43 – The Location
01:16 – Ground House Space Station: A Vision
01:34 – A Collaboration of Friends
01:53 – The Layout
02:24 – Ground House’s Space-Inspired Bedroom
02:47 – Ground House’s Ship Lighting
03:13 – The Gift of Natural Light
03:47 – Materials Used Throughout
03:55 – Ground House Spaceship Control Panel: Kitchen
04:09 – Ground House Crash Aftermath: Landscape
04:59 – The Collaborative and Fun Process
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Photography by Tasha Tylee.
Architecture, Build & Furniture Design by David Fewson.
Interior Design by Hannah Fewson & Jane Fewson.
Landscape Architecture and Design by LARC Landscape Architecture.
Landscape Installation by Nicholas Ward Landscapes.
Engineering by Ardill Payne & Partners.
Joinery by Sean Campbell Kitchen & Joinery.
Brand Design by Hannah Fewson.
Artwork by Dolly Fewson.
Furniture by TIGMI.
Videography by Dan Preston.
Production by The Local Project.
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