Sketch Design through to Completion.
Completed as Project Architect for Birrelli art+design+architecture
Photography by Rob Burnett
Lagoon Beach House engages the informalities of beach house life within a highly articulate form. It has featured in Archdaily (10 May, 2012), Monument Magazine Issue 111 (Oct/Nov 2012) and was awarded a Commendation by the Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter in 2012 for the 'New Houses Award'
Located on the North Coast of Tasmania where the Tamar River meets the Bass Strait, the site is surrounded by tea trees, a fresh water lagoon and dunes.
Lagoon Beach House, while modernist in program, is nonetheless a contemporary beach “shack” referencing the Tasmanian shack vernacular. A minimalist geometry structure reminiscent of Jean Prouve’s elegance with economy, the form sees a wooden box floating over a white concrete plinth, marking the separation between the private accommodation for the dwelling occupants above and the communal space or “town-square” below where extended family gather.
The pure wooden geometry of the upper level is carefully set within the surrounding trees but not above them, light is grabbed by high windows, atriums over stairs and low openings with screens and circular perforations. In this way the building does not isolate itself from the natural environment.
Anchored by the corner fireplace, the courtyard was conceived as the 'town-square' and offers a sense of containment while simultaneously inviting occupation by the extended network of family and friends from the neighbouring shacks.
The building blends with nature in a sculptural way, and evokes associations with land art. With maximum simplicity the reduced palette of materials: untreated wood, glass and masonry, sets out to preserve the landscape and social life of the site.
The building is sensitively located in relation to topography, privacy, climate, and views and integrates to reduce environmental impact.