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Subtropical architecture on show in 2018 Sunshine Coast Open House

The international Open House movement comes to the Sunshine Coast for just the second time on Saturday 20 October, with a number of buildings across the area being made accessible for the architecturally curious. The open buildings are accompanied by a number of events that explore the history and practice that has produced the city’s distinctive architecture.

Spread across the length and breadth of the Sunshine Coast region, the opening up of the buildings offers a rare opportunity to explore the built heritage of the region.

The Sunshine Coast event follows the Brisbane iteration, which this year has grown to include more than 100 buildings.

For the full Sunshine Coast Open House program, go here.

Some of ArchitectureAU’s favourite new additions to the program are collected here:

Lake Weyba House by Gabriel and Elizabeth Poole

Perched in an idyllic woodland setting, this house was a collaboration between architect Gabriel Poole and artist Elizabeth Poole – the former was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 1997.

Composed of three pavilions with defined functions – one for living, one for sleeping, and a wash house – the house sits lightly in the environment and was built in 1998 with a host of sustainable features.

Gabriel Poole is one of the most significant architects to have emerged from the region, with his houses in particular attracting accolades and recognition from his peers. His Tent House in Eumundi won the Institute’s 1990 Robin Boyd Award and the Queensland chapter’s Queensland Innovation and Robin Dods Awards.

Tours of the Lake Weyba House must be booked in advance.

Architecture for Good

Billed as an “exploration of architectural work for community good,” this panel discussion will bring together four prominent architects from the Sunshine Coast – Kerry Clare (Clare Design), Jo Case, Phil Smith (Deicke Richard) and Phillip Daffara (FutureSense and PlaceSense) – to discuss the value good design has had for their communities.

The four architects have completed projects across the Sunshine Coast that have demonstrated this value in different ways. Kerry Clare, for example, is responsible for the Cotton Tree Pilot Housing Project, the result of a pilot program run by the Department of Housing in 1992 that sought to identify new housing models appropriate to the Sunshine Coast region.

Intended to provide a flexible alternative for medium-density subtropical housing in older suburban and urban areas on the coast, the development consists of a series of attached and detached dwellings of one to three storeys to better facilitate solar access and access to prevailing sea breezes. Environmental studies subsequently conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland have found a substantial reduction in the “heat island effect” felt on the property, owing to the siting, orientation and landscape strategies present in in the design.

For more information, go here.

Lake Weyba House by Gabriel and Elizabeth Poole.

Lake Weyba House by Gabriel and Elizabeth Poole.

Image: Reiner Blunck

Sunshine Beach House by Teeland Architects

Completed in 2018, this beachside house by Noosa-based practice Teeland Architects was designed with an active, beach-going family in mind.

The ground floor can be opened up so that the interior spills out into the garden and pool, with the family moving fluidly from the house to the beach. In contrast to the openness, bathrooms and bedrooms and confined to the upper floor.

The architects said they were “enamoured with the beauty of the beach and ocean. The delightful balance of repetition and variation found in the waves and sand dunes are echoed in the design of the house.”

Teeland Architects’ thoughtful houses have drawn critical attention, with the practice’s Tinbeerwah House winning a commendation in the 2018 Queensland Architecture Awards.

Bark Studio by Bark Architects

Designed by Lindy Atkin and Stephen Guthrie for use as their own architecture studio, this modernist steel-and-glass pavilion floats above an idyllic site on the Noosa hinterland.

The building sits on four columns and is bookended by two mature Australian eucalypts.

Atkin was the only Sunshine Coast architect to speak at the 2018 National Architecture Conference, which was held on the Gold Coast. In addition to its architectural work, the practice also engages in art projects as “an interval between the architecture” through an offshoot of its practice called Bark Lab.

For more information, go here.

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