In North Queensland, the Bowen Boat House celebrates a raw, robust and natural palette of materials and the underlying nautical character and authentic patina of a subtropical Queensland house rich in timber and client 'stories'.
The existing timber framed 1942 Dormitory WAF structure is raised and relocated to the coastal edge to maximize its views and proximity to the beach. Its crafted details, such as the articulated ‘blue floating ceiling’ and hand made timber elements, are retained and complimented by the new house which makes use of the warmth and natural patina of timber. Found artefacts including a boat ladder, wooden canoes and wooden boat building templates are also preserved and reused to create defining features within the house.
Elements of the existing house are removed creating double height spaces with views to the ocean. Together with the tall stacking, sliding doors, these voluminous spaces blur the boundaries between inside and out, creating a seamless connection.
Orientated for the best aspect in winter and afternoon shading in summer, the pool’s reflected light plays on the walls and ceiling of the living spaces adding life to the building.
Construction to commence 2013.