Building on good heritage
Architects heading to state awards
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.
NOMINATED: V House, Mooloolah Island.