Build­ing on good her­itage

Ar­chi­tects head­ing to state awards

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE / LOCAL LIFE - Erle Levey

A RES­I­DEN­TIAL home that sits proudly on the edge of the Mooloolah River.

A church that is open to the com­mu­nity as well as the en­vi­ron­ment. A na­ture-based tourism, con­ser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre. Sun­shine Coast ar­chi­tects re­main at the cut­ting edge as ev­i­denced by nom­i­na­tions for the 2018 Queens­land Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards to be an­nounced next month.

Their abil­ity to un­der­stand the Sun­shine Coast land­scape when de­sign­ing build­ings has been recog­nised over four decades at both state and na­tional lev­els.

That her­itage is seen in this year’s nom­i­na­tions.

The V House on Mooloolah Is­land by Shaun Lock­yer Ar­chi­tects fea­tures a pri­vate, land­scaped, north-east court­yard that forms the cat­a­lyst of the house that sits proudly on the edge of the Sun­shine Coast’s Mooloolah River.

The ‘V’ refers to the floor plan which hugs the bound­aries of the prop­erty al­low­ing for a trans­par­ent liv­ing pavil­ion that phys­i­cally and vis­ually con­nects the court­yard to the wa­ter be­yond.

A tex­tured and hon­est pal­ette of con­crete, nat­u­ral stone and tim­ber cre­ates a time­less and ro­bust back­drop to the land­scaped court­yard and ad­ja­cent river.

The house de­lib­er­ately sub­verts the do­mes­tic par­a­digm of small win­dows and tra­di­tional roof forms, opt­ing in­stead for a screened fa­cade and hid­den roof forms to cre­ate a more civic ex­pe­ri­ence than one might ex­pect of a pri­vate home. The ar­chi­tec­ture jux­ta­poses ideas of so­lid­ity and light­ness, in­ti­macy and ex­tro­ver­sion, whilst ex­press­ing a form and scale typ­i­cal of a modern, sub­trop­i­cal de­sign.

In the public ar­chi­tec­ture sec­tion, Stella Maris Catholic Church, Ma­roochy­dore, by De­icke Richards sits within a new “care com­mu­nity”.

A master plan for par­ish land in­volved the ar­chi­tec­tural team from the start and led to the devel­op­ment of the church and co-lo­cated aged care.

The de­sign and plan­ning of the church ex­plores a tra­di­tional Catholic phi­los­o­phy of con­trasts light and dark, open and com­pressed space, som­bre and joy­ful, in­side and out. The sim­ple rec­ti­lin­ear plan, with open ve­ran­dahs on three sides, also draws on a fa­mil­iar Coast in­for­mal­ity.

In­side, be­spoke fur­ni­ture, pen­dant lights, screens and mar­ble sanc­tu­ary items are set against a re­served pal­ette of pol­ished con­crete, ply and tim­ber.

PHOTO: SCOTT BURROWS

NOM­I­NATED: V House, Mooloolah Is­land.

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