Sunrise Beach House

Sunrise Beach, QLD

This house situated on the back dune at Sunshine Beach Noosa, settles into the sensitive coastal landscape and uses local plant material including Pandanus to complement the building and its wider landscape environs. The location is stunning and the landscape palette is simple, with water surrounding the building and the swimming pool visually connecting back to the sea. The large pieces of grey sandstone paving are offset by the grass ground plane. The emergent Pandanus creates and contrasts their sculptural organic forms with the clean geometric lines of the building. 

This beach house avoids the preoccupation to hug the boundary to maximise sea views, instead a sequence of ocean vignettes are playfully screened and framed against the house and landscape.  

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The challenge for this site was that the property was newly subdivided and this house was one of the first to be constructed. In order to optimise privacy, and at the same time open up views, adjoining properties were modeled to second guess possible future sight lines. The brief required internal and external spaces to be able to cope with the prevailing breezes under a variety of conditions.  Subsequently the envelop becomes almost infinitely switchable to enable alternate occupation of the inside and outside areas.

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This is as open and airy a beach house as could be imagined, made possible by a strong ā€˜Uā€™ of courtyard walls that isolate it from the western sun and traffic on the David Low Way. The beautiful landscape created within the immaculate cast-concrete walls steps down toward the beach view, and a range of sophisticated operable walls, windows and screens allow precise tuning for sun, view and breeze. A sense of absolute luxury arises from the quality of the construction materials and their crafting; but most importantly from the knowledge that every inch of the project has been thoughtfully and sensitively considered.
— Jury Citation, AIA Commendation + Building of the Year Award 2007
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Complete 2006


Project Value


2007 RAIA Sunshine Coast Regional Building of the Year Award 

2007 RAIA Sunshine Coast Regional Commendation 

2007 RAIA QLD State Award, Residential Category

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