Guymer Bailey Architects responded to the unique location of Runaway Bay in designing a waterfront family home for a Queensland industrialist. Located at Anglers Esplanade, Runaway Bay, the site overlooks the Broadwater, South Stradbroke Island, and the canal entrance.
The house features a hollow two-storey limestone masonry base over-sailed by a floating light-weight aluminium sheathed roof.
An angled band of transparent glazing separates the roof from the base allowing indirect light to fill the predominantly double-volume internal living spaces. The living areas are laid out informally with private spaces, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, reached at the upper level by open timber stairs and bridges designed with nautical detailing which characterises the house.
A water feature over the main entrance draws natural sunlight through the water and glass to enlighten the house’s welcome. The spacious lounge, dining and combined winter room open on to a verandah and patio to allow visual access to the landscape and the expansive water views. Other features abound: the study overlooks the double garage with its planted roof, while a reflective pond in the back garden laps against the boat ramp linking the site with the canal.
The form of the house exhibits Guymer Bailey’s commitment to passive sustainable design. It entails the thermal mass of the thick limestone masonry and the shading and solar control provided by the inverted parasol roof and deeply recessed glass. Other such features include solar panels and underground concrete water tanks for irrigation and grey water use.
LOCATION: Runaway Bay, QLD
PROJECT TEAM: Tim Guymer, Stan Chrenkoff
Photography by: Scott Burrows
TAGS: ABC TV Dream Build, Modern Australian Architecture, Sustainable Living, Residential Architecture, Brisbane Architect