A Large scale and highly detailed signal residence designed to sprawl over a large waterfront site.
As repeat clients, an existing mutual trust and respect helped the design process to naturally evolve.
The brief was to create a narrow balancing point of open social expanses and more intimate personal spaces which was achieved through obscuring view lines, operable screening systems and material selection. The clients were also looking for change in the way Queensland summers were often spoilt by unbearable heat and the dry air of conventional air conditioning. This pushed the detailing toward more traditional Queensland design elements: extensive summer shadowing, natural breezeways and an underground low energy cooling system which allows the house to breathe. These details also prevented the rich, natural material palette from becoming unwanted thermal mass.