Carefully crafted simplicity and efficiency closely fitting function
The property has no mains power and all energy is generated on site
Location: Koah (nr Kuranda), QLD, Australia
Year completed: 2007
The client approached the architect with a design for a small studio dwelling to be constructed on their acreage property bordering the Clohesy River on the edge of Barron Gorge national park. The property had no mains power or water, but had an existing shed (which the clients were living in) and solar power system.
The owners had conceived their design based on a kit home, but had ideas for a diagonally split roof which they couldn’t resolve with the kit home supplier. The core of their design – open plan bedroom/kitchen/dining, one bathroom, walk-in robe and summer and winter decks with a split roof form – was made into a rational design taking account of breeze paths, sun angles and functional space forms.
Each space was carefully crafted to closely fit its function, eliminating wasted construction and providing just the right amount of light, ventilation and space. The resulting form embeds in the natural surrounds and creates the peaceful ambience the clients desired.