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The Long + Lean Sub-Tropical Dream!

Architecture

The Long House in Chandler, Queensland by Shaun Lockyer Architects features a striking design element called a ‘ha-ha’ wall. But this home is no laughing matter!

The recessed landscape wall frames this long and lean home, with a design that brings mid-century modern-inspired details to a sub-tropical climate.

20th March, 2019

The Long House by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Geometric shapes bring intrigue to this mid-century modern inspired home. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Peepo! Photo – Scott Burrows.

The strong geometric lines are interrupted with the circular apertures. Photo – Scott Burrows.

The architects have re-imagined mid-century modern for a sub-tropical climate. Photo – Scott Burrows.

The heavy cladding is offset by the crisp white brickwork. Photo – Scott Burrows.

An angular view, looking out from the home to the sprawling views. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Perfectly framed. Photo – Scott Burrows.

The timber, charcoal cabinetry and mosaic tiles sit boldly against the white ceilings and walls. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Photo – Scott Burrows.

Bedroom details in the Long House. Photo – Scott Burrows.

Miriam McGarry
Wednesday 20th March 2019

‘We proposed a mix of simple modern forms with some playful combinations of simple, timeless materials’ – Shaun Lockyer.

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.

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