Hervey Bay House

Simple and linear, the span of the Hervey Bay house emphasises the horizontality of its windswept environment and the panorama of bay and headland views.

Movement thorough the house is along the continuous ‘garden wall’. While anchoring the structure to the site, this wall provides privacy and form for two lightweight glazed pavilions. A series of galvanised steel portal frames express a legibility of structure and a lightness that contrasts with the solidity of masonry.

All living spaces are afforded views and northern light, and maintain a strong connection to the landscape. Reinforcing this objective, an outdoor living space dissects the interior, and links a calm courtyard on the south to the elements of the north via an ambiguous indoor/outdoor breezeway. Sea breezes are filtered through the openable glazed edge and extracted through a series of rotary roof ventilators to provide natural cooling.

Predominantly white, any use of colour is subtle and natural, reiterating the bleached palette of the coastal landscape and emphasising the textural contrasts of various lightweight materials – plywood, fibre cement, plasterboard and glass.

Photography; Shannon McGrath & Christopher Frederick Jones

 

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