V House, QLD Home, Australian Contemporary Residential Building, Residence Photos
V House on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Queensland Luxury Real Estate Development, Australia – design by Shaun Lockyer Architects
13 Mar 2019
Design: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
The V House design employs a simple ‘courtyard home’ concept, with the house embracing the irregularshaped site boundaries to leverage the northeast orientation to the courtyard and connect to the water’s edge on the south (the ‘V’ stemming from the resultant plan form).
The planning creates an entry sequence starting at the street and establishing a transparent spine to the primary living spaces which hug the southern edge of the property. This decision is driven by the desire to create a transparent living pavilion that engages directly with the water’s edge while simultaneously embracing the north eastern pool and courtyard area.
A predominant building form is, in turn, created on the first floor, where the private bedrooms and a snooker / games room enjoy a landscaped rooftop terrace on the northern edgeaccessible from the courtyard below via a sculptural steel spiral stair.
This main pavilion is deliberately setback from the street to open the northeast corner to the light and garden in turn. The scale of the house is very much compatible with the adjoining homes with the narrow edge of the home presenting to the street and the bulk of the house built to the rear along the south.
However, it deliberately subverts the domestic paradigm of small windows and traditionalroof form, opting instead for a screened facade and hidden roof forms expressive of a modern, subtropical architecture.
The house instead presents to the street as a stone‐clad, heavily‐landscaped form in a nonconventional way.
The highly animated timber screen presents as a Japanese lantern by night offering a pleasant and warm edge to the public realm. Robust, highly durable materials intended to weather will hopefully offer a more sustainable long‐term alternative to the typical housing typology in the area.
While rational in form, this is a very complicated and unforgiving house to build. A heavy engineering focus along with thorough input from the builder made for a seamless process.
Engagement and collaboration with sub‐contractors – from door and window manufacturers and cabinet makers to home automation and window furnishers – was not only critical in achieving a highly integrated home, but also afforded the whole team an enormous insight into our thought process and design concepts.
The V House is a holiday house that will become the permanent home for the owners, so it needed to traverse the needs of a flexible and changing brief. The resultant outcome directly responsto their immediate and longterm needs, and while the house is large, it has a human scale and intimacy which allows smaller groups to feel comfortable in the space.
This is a robust, hardwearing home intended to gracefully age and limit maintenance. The timber rain screen offers shade, protection and security responding to the subtropical context. Deep eaves, excellent cross‐flow ventilation, thermal mass and a naturally lighting make for a very sustainable long‐term proposition. Solar power, battery storage, lowE glazing, LED lighting and FSC hardwoods complete our approach to creating a relevant and enduring home.
New House on the Sunshine Coast – Building Information
Architect: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
Project Team: Shaun Lockyer and Jen Negline
Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
General Contractor: CGH Constructions
Project Year: 2017
Gross Floor Area: 835 sqm
2018 AIA Queensland State
Architecture Award –House of the Year 2018 AIA Sunshine Coast House of the Year
2018 AIA Sunshine Coast Regional Commendation 2018 CEDIA Life Lived Best at Home Asia Pacific Award 2018 CEDIA Best Integrated Home Level I Asia Pacific Award
Photographs: Scott Burrows
V House on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland images / information received 130319
Location: the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
photography: Paul Smith Images
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