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Noosa Nest on the Sunshine Coast
31 Jul 2021
Design: Tim Ditchfield Architects
Location: Doonan, Sunshine Coast, Australia
The Noosa Nest project comprises the renovation alteration and extension to a three storey 1970’s building which was originally designed as a duplex and later converted to a holiday house.
The steep semi-rainforest site sits at the end of Laguna Bay. The original building including a large pool and surrounding deck structure have been carefully positioned around mature size callitris pine trees, a large eucalypt and Poinciana tree. These trees have been retained and remain a key feature of the renovation project.
The lower level of the original building was gutted and the existing concrete columns and floors slabs were retained. The upper level was removed except for the suspended concrete floor slab.
A key design consideration was to capitalise on stunning views to Noosa Main Beach, Laguna Bay and the hinterland at both levels. Large floor to ceiling slide away glass doors give the house a high level of transparency and an easy connection to outdoor living spaces.
A new parent’s bedroom retreat was added at tree top level and has a “Nest” like quality with panoramic views to Laguna Bay.
Adjustable vertical louvres, sliding slatted timber screens, sunhoods and large roof overhangs act as climate control devices.
External materials like black zinc cladding and timber boards have been used for low maintenance and to ensure the building is camouflaged with the forest environment when viewed from Noosa Main Beach.
What was the conceptual framework?
The original building was a duplex design by Job and Froud Architects in 1970 and renovated by RP Froud in 1985 including the addition of a large concrete pool and associated deck structure. This building is not the typical lightweight timber framed beach house Job & Froud are recognised for rather a more heavy weight building made up of concrete column, concrete floor slabs and brick wall construction.
The conceptual framework was to build on Job & Froud’s foundation of maximising daylight and cross ventilation and positioning living areas to the north to take advantage of stunning views to Noosa Main Beach and Laguna Bay. The new entry has been relocated for this reason also. All new service areas are located to the south side of the building.
The existing core concrete structure was retained and a new external wall fabric was installed to reflect the use of internal spaces.
Noosa Nest on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland – Building Information
Architect: Tim Ditchfield Architects
Completion date: 2016
Photographs: Andrew Manson
Noosa Nest, Sunshine Coast images / information received 310721
photography: Paul Smith Images
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