The owners of this property explained to architect Shaun Lockyer their desire for a home that referenced mid-century modernism, while being appropriate and contextualised for the sub-tropical location in Chandler, Queensland. The resulting design in a stretched, lean piece of architecture that elongates the east-west axis of the site, and maximises views to the north-east.
The home is framed by an external ha-ha wall, a landscape design element of a recessed wall. This wall strategically creates an edge that connects the house to the landscape, without obscuring it. The elongated form of the house is echoed in this perimeter wall, that offers a bench seat in the sun, with uninterrupted views.
The ha-ha wall connects with the ah-ha moment of the house, where full height walls are punctuated with large circular port holes. The geometry of the linear house is counter balanced with these round apertures, that welcome in light and frame the views.
Shaun explains that the white brick work references the mid-century inspiration of the building, while remaining climate appropriate for the sub-tropical location. He highlights ‘we proposed a mix of simple, modern forms with some playful combinations of timeless materials.’
The timber and dark cladding offers a sharp contrast to the white brick exterior. This visual juxtaposition is continued in the interiors, where charcoal cabinetry and mosaic cladding in the kitchen and bathroom sit against crisp white walls and ceilings. With views across the lengthy expanse, this innovative home brings enviable mid-century charm and contemporary design to the modern, sub-tropical lifestyle.