National, State & Regional Building Design Award Winner 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2021
“The Ark” is clad in vertical hardwood timber, creating a dramatic backdrop to the garden and patio area. Random dimensioned hardwood cladding lines the entry stair and leads into the generous volume of the writer's studio. Detailed joinery and selection of finishes create a peaceful atmosphere ideal for concentration and contemplation. An extensive book collection finds a home amongst the ample shelving. A large sliding door at the northern end leads to a small deck that gently touches an established lilly pilly tree and enjoys the ample bird life supported there. A small window sits over the writing desk looking into close vegetation and a western window gives glimpses to the gardens and the outside world.
The interiors of this project have been carefully considered to maximise the use of the space and to create a serene environment for creative thought. Shelving has been meticulously thought through to create spaces for art work and books; frame windows; and to make spaces for writing and for music equipment. Concealed lighting to some of these spaces transform the studio as night falls. A central, free-standing book self conceals and doubles as the head of the bed. The soft tones of solid blackbutt timber cabinetry, spotted gum flooring and Tasmanian Oak ceiling are balanced by the small areas of softly toned painted walls and the solid white door and draw fronts that reflect light within the space. Small framed windows give views in various directions to the outside world, allowing for different focus during various times of the day and weather conditions. The bathroom has been designed to be wheelchair friendly with reinforced walls to allow for future grab rails should they be needed in the future. Brightly coloured, patterned tiles give a sense of fun within this small space. Overall, the studio has a very generous, spacious feel, while creating a sense of warmth and calm conducive to contemplation and creative pursuit.
"I contacted Brett from Ecolibrium Design a few years ago as I was very keen to have designed and built a garden studio with bathroom and bedroom accommodation. Of major importance to me was a design based on sustainable, ecologically sound principles. After some research I contacted Ecolibrium Designs.
After our first successful meeting Brett began the design process. Brett’s communication was outstanding. He regularly met with me to discuss progress in planning. His design principles met, in fact far exceeded, my expectations!! His knowledge and understanding of sustainable materials and design principles I found phenomenal. The resulting studio is beautiful.
Many people have seen it and all marvel. I’ll mention just two of many. One friend looked at the studio and commented, “This is not just a building Rob, it’s a work of art.” The second was a builder doing some work at the next door neighbour’s house. He called out to me commenting how good the building looked and asked if he could come over for a closer look. He was highly impressed and sat with me to look at the Ecolibrium website. He told me he never sees design and building of this quality. The building was constructed by an excellent builder recommended by Brett.
I would also like to mention Brett’s associate, Claudia, who worked with me to choose the colour scheme and the internal design. Like Brett, Claudia is highly skilled, knowledgeable and an excellent communicator.
If you are considering embarking on a sustainable, ecologically sound building project I highly recommend contacting Ecolibrium Designs and I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I am with their commitment to beautiful design."