Seeing Red in the Australian Woods
Architecture & Interiors
Contemporary glass homes may no longer have a high novelty quotient, but not many can claim to glow like a red lantern in the forest. This showstopper on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, does precisely that, thanks to the “tomato sauce” stain of the plywood interior. Australian architect Jesse Judd’s remote weekend home—a horizontal amalgamation of wood and glass, with corrugated steel roof—was constructed around a prefabricated, black steel framework, and raised off the ground, invoking Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in more ways than one. But it’s Judd’s daring choice of red for the house’s interior walls, visible from the outside through a vast expanse of glass, that leaves us fairly breathless. Few architects would have chosen to apply this imaginative flourish to an already striking architectural composition—and we can only admire his gumption.