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Contemporary Coolum Bay beach house with dramatic lines, Australia


Queensland-based architectural practice Aboda Design Group have completed the Coolum Bay Beach House project. The stunning property features eco-chic features and is located in Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia.

According to the architects the brief was to create a refined, clean lined, modern but informal home with a dramatic street presence that took optimum advantage of the site’s potential for outstanding views.

“We wanted to create a home for a family as a group of increasingly-independent adults, which catered for their differing lifestyle patterns and created a base for them to come together.

“Images of modernist style building examples were shown, which included strongly articulated external form and bold use of materials for both the home and surrounding landscape. The home was to harness the best of laid back and unpretentious living in Coolum but at the same time being testament to the life’s efforts of the clients and the exceptional skills of their building team.

“The arrangement of the luxury home was determined by the complexity of the site. From the start this determined the location of the driveway, the driveway gradient and below-house car parking. Once resolved, the house was then arranged above as a series of cascading half-levels, which would achieve vistas front to back, and connect all living spaces via a single flight of steps.

“The projection of the building, cantilevering out towards the ocean, was determined by the minimum distance eastwards (down the site) to obtain unobstructed northern views to Noosa Heads and around to the south east with views of the Coolum Bays. The suspended concrete construction enabled large span floor plates, cantilevered floors and the use of raking and upturned beams, which in turn became critical elements in the final external composition. The use of structural steel in the roofs again enabled dramatic projection of the main roof out and over the pool and deck, maintaining excellent weather cover and also views uninterrupted by the intrusion of building structure.”

Images courtesy of Paul Smith Images

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April 16, 2013 | Property | View comments

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