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Architecture: Olinda Tea House

September 9, 2011

Smith and Tracey Architects’ pavilion-style building engages with its forest setting, maximising access to northern sun and views of the surrounding landscape.

The Olinda Tea House in Victoria is located on approximately 17 acres of wholesale flower and foliage farm.

The new modern pavilion-style building features a floating butterfly roof form sitting atop expansive glazed walls and surrounded by a generous timber-planked deck. The new building is located centrally on an existing clear area, maximising access to northern sun and views down the valley to the west and north-west.

Access to the building is set to enable easy disabled access from the existing car park to all decks, walkways and garden gazebos. As the land slopes away to the west, the floor level and surrounding deck become elevated – affording grand views over the garden below and the adjacent flower farm. The building’s roof complements the natural forest setting, while also facilitating the use of sustainable resources including access to natural light, rainwater collection and solar panels.

Team Architects: Dave Roberts, Hayley Hadj

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