Architect, Richard Leplastrier’s legacy. He was, along with another Australian architect, Peter Wilson, awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2015 International Fellowship in February. Images from multiple sources.

Leplastrier, born in 1939, studying and practicing in Sydney, was an early designer of prefabricated structures, with attention to the building sitting lightly within the surrounding natural environment.  His deceptively simple, light weight structures are the result of thorough examination of energy efficiency of materials used, utilization of air currents, sun and an undisturbed ecology, together with providing alcoves and spaces for the comfort of the inhabitants. He was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Award in 1999, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland) in 2004 and the Dreyer Foundation Prize of Honour (Denmark) in 2009 for his commitment to sustainability.

Wood Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania by Richard Leplastrier & David Travalia assisted by Brent Dunn, Michael Shadwick & Michael Travalia /

Angrophora House, Avalon, NSW /

Lovett Bay Studio, NSW /

Palm Garden House,  Northern Beaches, Sydney, New South Wales /

Rainforest House, Mapleton, Queensland /

Tree House, Gleniffer, Bellingen, NSW /

Cloudy Bay Retreat, Bruny Island, Tasmania /

Public Ablutions,  Georges Head, Mosman, Sydney

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