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A Camping Inspired Holiday House, Shared By Three Families!

Architecture

The brief for this Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) house was like no other. Designed for three families who share the property at different times, the clients requested a home influenced by local campsites, where cooking, gathering and sleeping zones are united under the one tarp.

Architects Refresh Design with interior designers Flokk Interiors applied this idea to form an elevated camping experience. The result is a deliberately simple house clad in charred timber and charred timber and COLORBOND® steel roofing in the colour Wallaby® using a Lysaght TRIMDEK® profile that inspires a feeling of escape from everyday life. It’s a home purely for spending time in nature with friends and family – just like the island’s campsites and beach shacks of old.

7th September, 2021

Baker Boys Beach House by Refresh Design. Roofing – COLORBOND® steel in the colour Wallaby® in the TRIMDEK® profile by Lysaght. Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

The intent for Baker Boys Beach House was to be reminiscent of the beach shack vernacular on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland). Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

Charred timber cladding blends into the surrounding environment. Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

The home provides an experience similar to a light shelter, rather than spending the day inside a house. Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

The back of the house is anchored to the ground, adjoining a nature reserve.  Photos – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

The other end of the structure is cantilevered to take full advantage of water views. Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

A fire pit further enhances the feeling of camping. Photos– Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

The home is purely for spending time in nature with friends and family – just like the island’s campsites and beach shacks of old. Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

Materials are simple, durable, and fire resistant. Roofing – COLORBOND® steel in the colour Wallaby® in the TRIMDEK® profile by Lysaght. Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

An elegant butterfly roof shelters the living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms. Roofing – COLORBOND® steel in the colour Wallaby® in the TRIMDEK® profile by Lysaght. Photo – Christopher Frederick Jones. Styling – Flokk Interiors

Amelia Barnes
Tuesday 7th September 2021

‘It was obvious that the connection between nature and the shelter is more important than a more luxurious house, commonly found in cities.’ – Monika Obrist

The design of the ‘Baker Boys Beach House’ is simple in nature, but complex in its capacity to address several key desires. 

Designed as a holiday home for three separate families who share the house at different times, architects Refresh Design were tasked with a challenging brief. Their job was to cater for each family’s desires, while creating a contemporary home reflective of the island’s beach shack vernacular.  

In analysing why each of the clients were drawn to Minjerribah, the connection to the land became apparent, inspiring a house reflective of the experience of camping. 

‘It was obvious that the connection between nature and the shelter is more important than a more luxurious house, commonly found in cities,’ explains Monika Obrist, creative director of Refresh Design. 

Similar to local campsites where cooking, gathering and sleeping occur under the one tent, the resulting house features all communal areas on the one compact level. This arrangement provides an experience more similar to a light shelter, rather than spending the day inside a house.

Achieving this floor plan was a challenge of the project due to the site’s very steep slope. To overcome this, the back of the house is anchored to the ground, while the other end of the structure is cantilevered to take full advantage of water views, and provide covered space underneath for car parking and storage. 

‘The experience and connections are totally different depending where you are,’ says Monika. ‘The back of the house is sheltered and very private; it backs onto the nature reserve which naturally cradles the fireplace at the back. The front of the house, in contrast, has sweeping ocean views, presents itself very proudly to its surroundings, and gives access to sunlight throughout the day.’ 

Materials such as the charred timber cladding were chosen to enhance the home’s environment, while also addressing bushfire requirements. Perfectly matched is the roofing on the elegant butterfly roof – COLORBOND® steel in the colour Wallaby® in the TRIMDEK® profile by Lysaght.

The local Jandai word Moongalba, meaning ‘sitting down place’, beautifully describes the simplicity of spending time in this remarkable home. 

COLORBOND® steel is a proud supporter of The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2021, and presenter of the Residential Architecture award.

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