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Horseshoe Bay House
RAIA Awards 2010 - Regional Commendation
RAIA House of the Year
2010 Dulux Colour Awards – Commendation (Residential Exterior)
The setting is mature, native bushland on Magnetic Island. The house faces north overlooking a glade surrounded by large tropical trees.
The clients purchased their block to be near the beach and for its intact natural habitats. Their aspiration was to construct a low impact house appropriate to the site and climate.
Residential development on Magnetic Island is starting to resemble that of sprawling city suburbs. The relaxed, carefree, holiday environment that has been synonymous with this island paradise wanes. The client and the architect shared a desire to avoid suburban banality.
‘Living with’ is the first and most important step toward sustainability, secondly - ‘less is more’. Exposing occupants to the place engenders a relationship and a ‘relationship with’ implies caring. This can be encouraged by providing ‘just enough’, and encouraging occupants to venture out in order to meet their spatial needs.
Layering of redeemability is another component of sustainable design. An extension can be undertaken with no work to the existing, and relocation of the building is feasible. The exoskeletal structure allows for ‘refitting’ or ‘re-use’ of components.
These strategies are supported by low-energy operation, passive design, and solar water heating.
The clients now have somewhere to relax, live simply, absorb the qualities of the place, and feel the changes of season – to know exactly where they are.