This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Brazilian Modernism-Inspired Masterpiece, In Queensland

Architecture

This V-shaped home of two sweeping wings introduces some Brazilian flair to the typical Queenslander typology. While you might not imagine the  Sunshine coast and home of Gisele Bündchen that much in common… the sub-tropical climate in both places offered architect Shaun Lockyer and his clients a strong reference point.

This architect’s design response is inspired by Brazilian modernism, with a strong connection to the Mooloolah River context of this site. The strong external horizontal lines echo the direction of the river, whilst generously curving interiors soften and balance the inherent WOW-factor of this spectacular Queensland home.

18th February, 2019

A Brazillian influenced Queenslander, the V House by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo – Scott Burrows.

This home opens out across two wings. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Sub-tropical Queensland skies. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Specifically designed for the Sunshine Coast climate, to allow the breeze in. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Interior curves of timber paneling and concrete. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Inspired by Brazilian modernism. Photo – Scott Burrows.

The living area in the V House by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Step out the door straight onto the edge of the Mooloolah River. Photo – Scott Burrows.

The two seeping wings of the V House.  Photo – Scott Burrows.

Timber screens cast dancing shadows. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Clean modernist lines. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Welcome to the V House. Photo – Scott Burrows.

‘The house was a thrill from the first telephone discussion, to the final completion.’ – Shaun Lockyer.

Architect Shaun Lockyer explains that the ‘V House’ takes its name from the floor plan. where the two arms of the home hug the boundaries of the property. This unusual design allows for a ‘transparent living pavilion that physically and visually connects the courtyard to the water beyond.’ Importantly, the design also allowed Shaun to execute the client brief to create a ‘Brazillian inspired home’ – on the Sunshine Coast!

The house in informed by the clients’ and architects’ shared love of Brazilian modern architecture. Shaun cites Marcio Kogan, Isay Weinfeld and Oscar Niemeyer as providing inspiring reference points. But beyond the aesthetic inspiration, buildings from the Brazilian modern movement offered relevance ‘with regards to climate and lifestyle, that makes this style sustainable in the context of South-East Queensland.’ This home is designed for lush sub-tropical living, to accommodate humid summers and dry winters.

The open lower floor is set against timber screened walls of the upper floor – taking the typology of the ‘Queenslander’ to new designer heights! Shaun describes these timber screens as providing a ‘textural, animated fringe of ever-changing light and shadow.’

The materials of concrete, timber and stone draw from both a modern and South-American palette, that Shaun describes as conveying a ‘poetic yet pragmatic’ response to the site.

The architect explains that the success of this arresting double-winged home is a combination of site, architectural expression, client support and budget. He highlights ‘the house was a thrill from the first telephone discussion, to the final completion, and represents equal to the best work that we have done.’

 

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

Bunker Down In This NSW Coast Beach House

A home that offers seclusion and connection in equal measure, by Clayton Orszaczky architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

The Dream Dinner Party Home

An expansive and refined coastal property designed with entertaining in mind, by Planned Living Architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

An Eternally Contemporary Holiday Home

The incredible Palm Beach House, by Sydney architecture firm Alexander and Co.
Miriam McGarry

This Week

Architecture

The Best Of The Island – Here Are The 2019 Tasmanian Architecture Award Winners!

Our southernmost state may be small, but it packs a big architectural punch.
Miriam McGarry

Creative People

When Art Meets Music - 15 Stand-Out Album Covers Featuring Australian Art

From Ken Done to Brett Whiteley, Stephen Baker to Luke Sciberras, discover the Australian artists behind some iconic album art!
Elle Murrell

Art

A New Art Collaboration At Raes on Wategos

The iconic Byron Bay hotel launches its first Artist in Residence program, with French-Australian painter Stanislas (Stan) Piechaczek.

In Print

Take A Gander At Australia's Iconic Art Deco Pubs

A new book, documenting how a nation’s love of a cold beer, led to an architectural phenomenon!
Elle Murrell

News

Sunday Life Drawing Classes In Seriously Lush Surrounds

Fitzroy-based creatives Ladies of Leisure team up with artist Lani Mitchell for a dreamy life drawing series in July!
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

An Experiment In ‘Unfinishing’ A Home

An always evolving family home in Bondi Junction, by Alexander & Co.

News

Moments From Nature Captured In Exquisite Detail

Following a devastating diagnosis two years ago, graphic designer Shelley Heaney embarked upon a new project encouraging us to connect to th...

Homes

A Home With A Warm Hart

The eclectic and soothing home of doula Sunni Hart and family.

Architecture

Avoiding The Coastal Cliché, With Mid Century Flair

A Portsea home gets a contemporary revamp, from Studio Esteta.
Miriam McGarry

Studio Visit

The Seafaring Painter Pushing The Boundaries Of Maritime Art

A sail and studio visit with one-of-a-kind artist Gemma Rasdall, as her new body of work is unveiled in Sydney.
Elle Murrell
45:53

Podcast

TDF Talks With Architect Penelope Seidler

This national icon reflects on her early life, working with her husband Harry in the 60s/70s, and her proudest achievement to date!

News

Time Travel To The Quintessential 1970s Motel In Melbourne

Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst bring their hilarious, nostalgia-infused live show to a classic Melbourne motel next month.

News

Humans Landed On The Moon Today!

Geelong Gallery is celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘mankind’s giant leap’ with a captivating exhibition, bringing together...
Elle Murrell
2:22

We, The Brave

Turning A Passion For Photography Into A Career, With Eve Wilson

Eve Wilson shares her courageous career journey, from photographer’s assistant, to leading lifestyle photographer. In partnership with MYO...

Architecture

A Stacked Home In St Kilda For Every Family Member

Matt Gibson Architecture and Design team up with clients DDB Design on a long-term living solution for multiple generations!

Similar Stories

Architecture

Bunker Down In This NSW Coast Beach House

A home that offers seclusion and connection in equal measure, by Clayton Orszaczky architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

The Dream Dinner Party Home

An expansive and refined coastal property designed with entertaining in mind, by Planned Living Architects.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

An Eternally Contemporary Holiday Home

The incredible Palm Beach House, by Sydney architecture firm Alexander and Co.
Miriam McGarry