QLD Regional & State Building Design Award Winner 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
With this riverside “eco-cottage”, the clients wanted an exceptional quality home, including high “eco-sustainability” – but “modest” rather than “way-over-the-top”. It was to be 2 storey or high-set to gain good river views but with good connection to the gardens.
The house is a series of interlinked volumes that grow progressively taller towards the east, culminating in a two storey structure that reaches out to towards the river. A small deck overlooking the mangroves is sheltered by the floor above and is shared by the lounge area and a guest bedroom with bathroom facility.
An open stair anchored by a timber plinth rises through the double storey space to a mezzanine style study that opens into a sitting room with unencumbered views over the mangrove wetlands and south-east down the river. Large glass doors open to a small verandah to allow a strong connection with the nature beyond.
Efficiency of space has been a high priority for the project. Minimal/no corridor space is used. All rooms are a comfortable size, whilst not being overly large. All living rooms allow for flexibility of furniture layouts.
Built by award-winning Peter Curley Constructions.