When designing and building the cozy two-bedroom Trunk House, Australian firm Paul Morgan Architects was very conscientious about the home’s overall carbon footprint. As the lot had to be cleared of Stringybark trees before construction could begin, a mobile mill was set up on site where the harvested wood was milled, cured, and used in the home’s construction.
The unique exterior includes the use of bifurcated tree trunks, found in local farmland and forest floors, as these are typically deemed undesirable and thus discarded during commercial logging practices. However, by relying on the intrinsic load-bearing properties of these tree trunks, the trees were integrated into the home’s design, thereby making it one with the surrounding forest. The home includes a living area, kitchen, and bath, and as you can see by the photos, offers residents a tranquil getaway.