Designing any structures in this landscape setting feels like building within the fragile coastal landscape of one of Australia’s National Park’s, therefore it needed to be approached with immense design sensitivity and a feeling of custodianship. Treading lightly and nestling into the China beach sand dune, topography and endemic windswept vegetation was the most imperative design principle for Bark Design Architects.
Celebrating its natural, coastal setting, the house explores ideas of lightness, layers of transparency and integrating indoor / outdoor living, the house is a series of stepped platforms that enable a contemporary coastal lifestyle to unfold within a very special landscape. Character draws on the lineage of rudimentary coastal building stock referencing the beach and fishing shacks which are an importance part of the Queensland’s cultural heritage.
Simple economical robust materials, corrugated iron, fibro cement sheet cladding are contrasted with locally sourced timber providing naturally rich colour and warmth. Sustainable principles provide comfort to the occupants passively and minimise the environmental impact. High level, operable, clerestory glazing captures daylight and encourages natural cooling.
The house promotes low impact, contemporary outdoor living in coastal Queensland, enabling human life to be connected sensitively to nature and the environment.
Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones
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