Home to one of Australia’s notable painters, the Noosa Hinterland House contains two interconnected, steel framed volumes for living / sleeping and an artist’s studio / guest pavilion. It is perched high on the site to take in broad views of the Pacific coastline and the bushy hinterland in the foreground. The elevated main spaces step down with the natural topography. Double height living and northern pool deck spaces lead to a separate ‘silver shed’ originally designed as a dedicated painting studio, high in the trees. Taking some cues in architectural language from the adjacent Bark Studio, the house expresses a legibility of construction, with simple contemporary spaces contained by a series of steel portal frames and glazing, in contrast with economic modules of fibre cement sheet and hardwood chamferboard cladding. Noosa Hinterland House embraces its ‘spirit of place’ with elements of lightness and natural breezes, in breathtaking simplicity to enable and enhance a contemporary coastal lifestyle.