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

From Bush Shack To Bruny Island Stunner!

Architecture

Bruny island is Tasmania’s worst kept secret. A short drive and ferry trip out of Hobart, and boasting a cheese factory, oysters and outrageously beautiful views – it is now attracting visitors at a rate that is beginning to threaten the natural beauty and isolation that makes it so popular.

For the owners of this Apollo Bay House, the lure of island living was the reward for a difficult build in an isolated location! This renovated bush shack by Dock 4 Architects is transformed into a four bedroom home, where the landscape takes centre stage.

8th August, 2019

Welcome to the Apollo Bay House by Dock 4 Architects. Photo – Adam Gibson.

An a-frame structure with a clean view through to the Derwent River. Photo – Adam Gibson.

A double heigh open plan living area brings light and life into the renovated home. Photo – Adam Gibson.

Views of Mt Wellington in the distance. Photo – Adam Gibson.

The living areas open out to decks, to increase the connection to the outdoors. Photo – Adam Gibson.

The renovation increases the connection to the surrounding bushland and bay below. Photo – Adam Gibson.

Living room and kitchen details in the Apollo Bay House. Photo – Adam Gibson.

The A-frame gently mimics a tent shape, and responds to the steeply sloping site. Photo – Adam Gibson.

A facade of glass to maximise those dreamy views! Photo – Adam Gibson.

Miriam McGarry
Thursday 8th August 2019

‘Building on an island is always tricky, both in time and cost.’ – Richard Loney.

The Apollo Bay House is located on the sloping banks of Bruny Island, on a steep site that spills down towards the waterfront. The clients approached Richard Loney of Dock 4 Architects with a brief to transform the existing two-bedroom shack into a four bedroom home.

Richard explains that this renovation was achieved in ‘three moves’. Firstly, to push upwards to create a second storey that follows the pitched room form. Secondly, to wrap a ‘tent-like’ skin over the existing structure. And lastly, to pull the living space down towards the bay. Up, wrap, down – the architectural tango!

The moves both ‘up’ to the second storey and ‘down’ to the waterfront help to create a greater connection to the surrounding landscape. Richard highlights how the new design crosses ‘the line between inside and out, through the use of multiple sheltered platforms and a strong visual connection to the outside.’ The strong internal lines create framing devices, to capture different views looking back to ‘mainland’ Tasmania and the silhouette of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

The A-line structure continues the original form the shack, and gently mimics a tent form. The steep western side is shrouded in a triple walled polycarbonate, and clad with black timber battens. From the outside, this dark palette sinks into the bushy surrounds – and from the inside offers a sense of both shelter and connection.

While island living offers an escape and sense of beautiful isolation, it can also present logistical building difficulties. Before you consider renovation a Bruny shack, keep in mind Richard’s warning that ‘building on an island is always tricky, both in time and cost.’ But it seems only fair that you should have to work a little harder to be rewarded with views like this!

This Week

Architecture

The Apple Crate Shack On The Apple Isle!

A $60,000 budget goes a long way in this ambitious project in Flowerpot, Tasmania.
Miriam McGarry

Homes

A Prahran East Atelier Adorned With Layers Of History

Revered Melbourne interior designer Tigger Hall shares her artistic home, filled with objects from all over the globe.

Gardens

A Factory Rooftop Turned Lush Penthouse Garden

SJB director Adam Haddow’s Sydney apartment opens to a stunning rooftop garden, designed by William Dangar of Dangar Barin Smith.
Amelia Barnes

News

All Are Welcome At North Melbourne School Of Displacement

Learn about and honour the First Nations in this accessible North Melbourne discussion series.
Amelia Barnes

Art

Balenciaga Comes To Bendigo!

Direct from the Victoria and Albert museum in London, the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ arrives at the Bendig...
Miriam McGarry

News

An International Japanese Design Exhibition Opens in Launceston

Explore the work of 58 Japanese architects in this Design Tasmania exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

Saying Goodbye To A Local Icon!

After over a decade of operations, the beloved Brooklyn Arts Hotel in Fitzroy is closing - and its iconic building is for sale.

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours : Citrus

One of our FAVE foodies, Julia Busuttil-Nishimura joins TDF this month as a columnist! First up, she shares a flavour-packed roasted caulifl...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Interiors

Brown Is The New Neutral

Brown is back! Lauren Li gives us the lowdown on how to add warmth and texture to your home, with this somewhat divisive colour.
Lauren Li

Architecture

A California Bungalow Reconfigured For Light And Practicality

Project 12 Architecture has renovated a Northcote home to overcome its southern orientation and previously disjointed rooms.
Amelia Barnes

News

Up-cycling, With A Global Flair!

Kyoto-based, French designer Clementine Sander is helping you up-cycle Japanese textiles, in collaboration with The Social Studio.
Miriam McGarry

News

Join The ‘Garden Party’

A star-studded group exhibition at BSIDE Gallery from August 21-25th of illustration, textiles and ceramics that celebrates growing together...
Miriam McGarry

News

Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence In Conversation With The Planthunter

Georgina Reid of The Planthunter sits down with artists Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence in a new conversation series connecting ar...
Amelia Barnes

Travel

A Stylist's Guide To Downtown Los Angeles

Sydney stylist Sarah Ellison shares her guide to all things design in Downtown LA!
Sarah Ellison

Art

Shifting Time And Space With Jasmine Mansbridge

Explore the artist’s new exhibition ‘Your Time For The Moon’, showing at 19Karen gallery.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

The Ultimate Heritage Restoration Project, On Remote Bruny Island

John Wardle Architects masterfully restore Captain James Kelly's 175-year-old cottage off Tasmania's South Coast.

Architecture

A Japanese-Inspired Hideaway In Idyllic Tassie Bushland

The 28-square-metre cabin nestled on Bruny Island, that took out three major awards at the 2018 Tasmanian Architecture Awards.

Architecture

A 1960s Portsea Shack Gets A Contemporary Revamp

Mid-century charm meets modern design in this Mornington Peninsula beach house, by Pleysier Perkins Architects.
Miriam McGarry

This Week

Homes

A Prahran East Atelier Adorned With Layers Of History

Revered Melbourne interior designer Tigger Hall shares her artistic home, filled with objects from all over the globe.

News

Up-cycling, With A Global Flair!

Kyoto-based, French designer Clementine Sander is helping you up-cycle Japanese textiles, in collaboration with The Social Studio.
Miriam McGarry

Art

Balenciaga Comes To Bendigo!

Direct from the Victoria and Albert museum in London, the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ arrives at the Bendig...
Miriam McGarry

News

An International Japanese Design Exhibition Opens in Launceston

Explore the work of 58 Japanese architects in this Design Tasmania exhibition.
Amelia Barnes

Art

Shifting Time And Space With Jasmine Mansbridge

Explore the artist’s new exhibition ‘Your Time For The Moon’, showing at 19Karen gallery.

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours : Citrus

One of our FAVE foodies, Julia Busuttil-Nishimura joins TDF this month as a columnist! First up, she shares a flavour-packed roasted caulifl...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Architecture

A California Bungalow Reconfigured For Light And Practicality

Project 12 Architecture has renovated a Northcote home to overcome its southern orientation and previously disjointed rooms.
Amelia Barnes

Architecture

The Apple Crate Shack On The Apple Isle!

A $60,000 budget goes a long way in this ambitious project in Flowerpot, Tasmania.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

Saying Goodbye To A Local Icon!

After over a decade of operations, the beloved Brooklyn Arts Hotel in Fitzroy is closing - and its iconic building is for sale.

News

All Are Welcome At North Melbourne School Of Displacement

Learn about and honour the First Nations in this accessible North Melbourne discussion series.
Amelia Barnes

Travel

A Stylist's Guide To Downtown Los Angeles

Sydney stylist Sarah Ellison shares her guide to all things design in Downtown LA!
Sarah Ellison

Interiors

Brown Is The New Neutral

Brown is back! Lauren Li gives us the lowdown on how to add warmth and texture to your home, with this somewhat divisive colour.
Lauren Li

News

Join The ‘Garden Party’

A star-studded group exhibition at BSIDE Gallery from August 21-25th of illustration, textiles and ceramics that celebrates growing together...
Miriam McGarry

News

Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence In Conversation With The Planthunter

Georgina Reid of The Planthunter sits down with artists Tamara Dean, Bill Henson + Janet Laurence in a new conversation series connecting ar...
Amelia Barnes

Gardens

A Factory Rooftop Turned Lush Penthouse Garden

SJB director Adam Haddow’s Sydney apartment opens to a stunning rooftop garden, designed by William Dangar of Dangar Barin Smith.
Amelia Barnes

Similar Stories

Architecture

The Ultimate Heritage Restoration Project, On Remote Bruny Island

John Wardle Architects masterfully restore Captain James Kelly's 175-year-old cottage off Tasmania's South Coast.

Architecture

A Japanese-Inspired Hideaway In Idyllic Tassie Bushland

A simple cabin with a tiny footprint, nestled in magnificent Bruny Island.

Architecture

A 1960s Portsea Shack Gets A Contemporary Revamp

Mid-century charm meets modern design in this Mornington Peninsula beach house, by Pleysier Perkins Architects.
Miriam McGarry