Peregian Beach Residence by Aboda Design Group
Aboda Design Group has recently completed the Peregian Beach Residence, a beautiful home located in Sunshine Coast, an urban area in South East Queensland, Australia.
Description by Aboda Design Group:
“Satisfaction of the Brief
•This residence is a continuation of Ecocon (Builders) and Aboda Design Group’s D&C collaboration. This ensures that the client has a strong idea of the conceptual approach of the scheme, from commencement to implementation, whilst also ensuring that the project remained within budget.
•The client brief was to provide four bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, two living areas and double garage whilst maximizing the height of the home (to 8M maximum allowed under the Noosa Plan) to achieve the best possible access to ocean/ beach views. With this in mind, experience determined that whilst outdoor living should orient to the eastern (front) of the home wherever possible, secondary living spaces should be provided to the rear for periods of inclement weather, particularly to avoid the prevailing south east tradewinds, as needed.
•The final building position promotes a well-oriented building, to capture prevailing breezes, minimising heat loads and maximizing natural paths of ventilation.
•The internal spaces were arranged with a growing family in mind, this was achieved by dividing the building into 4 major zones internally, and tied together externally with the use of carefully-considered symmetry and proportion. This final scheme was selected due to the simplicity of the plan and building form, efficient arrangement on the available site and ordered approach to the design of the internal spaces.
•The D&C brief demanded a relative cost effective construction methodology on a sandy site that could be erected as quickly as possible to accommodate the relocation of the family from Hong Kong to the Sunshine Coast.
•To the delight of the client, this was an highly effective D&C arrangement. The building was delivered with a Fixed Price Contract, on budget, ahead of schedule, as a custom designed home but without the typical architectural fees of such an arrangement, and to a very high level of finish both internally and externally.
Design for climate and sustainability
•The building takes advantage of a predominantly eastern orientation with views to Peregian Beach and south-east to Coolum, achieving generous glazing and natural light to the Living, Dining and Kitchen zones. All living zones are carefully arranged around a central two-storey circulation/ stair void, with access to views of the Pool and all outdoor living areas.
•The western aspect takes advantage of views to the rear yard, deck and pool and created challenges for the design. Solar load in this instance is combated by the integration of fixed Modwood sun screening to the main void and upper Alfresco. The orientation invites seasonal solar gains with the ability to control climate, by providing a number of living zone alternatives.
•The external form is determined by a single circulation spine that runs through the length of the dwelling and through to the rear kids’ bedrooms and springs off the central stair void ‘lantern’. This visually connects and achieves casual surveillance from the Entry to the rear yard and pool, positioned in such a manner that there is no interruption to specific zones or designated areas in between.
•The use of half-flights creates distinctly separate spaces, but diminishes the physical separation of these same spaces by maintaining visual connection at all times. The central stair ‘lantern’ and void also provides vertical circulation and connects, via symmetrical stair flights, the lower indoor and outdoor living areas with the upper indoor and outdoor living areas.
•High ceilings and voids are maximized to the 8M height limit create internal volume to assist the stack effect, to effectively move air through the spaces. Minimal, zonal, air conditioning is installed but expected to be used infrequently and to manage humidity more so than temperature. The circulation spines assist natural ventilation paths within the dwelling, and these paths feed the larger spatial volumes, particularly drawing the prevailing south-east through north-east sea breezes throughout the home. Louvres and sliding doors assist natural convection.
•Roof and wall structural materials are typically lightweight plantation timber (other than concealed shs structural posts) and rendered concrete masonry employed for the Garage/ Laundry and foundation walls. Cladding is painted lightweight f.c. sheet/ weatherboard externally for contrast. Roofs are durable corrugated Colorbond sheet.
•The exterior is articulated with lightweight decks supported on feature portals, in turn supporting feather-light patio roofs which shield the main building form from glare, wind and driving rain. The central axis is defined by gatehouse and the front Entry, at street level, and large louvre window fronting the Dining daybed, at the upper level. The main roof of the double storey living zone is predominantly a simple pyramid, articulated internally by the circulation void, screened, glazed lantern and feature, raking ceiling. This is a detailed exercise of utilizing internal spatial shapes/ volumes to create subtle hierarchy to the external form.
•Symmetry greatly assists this outcome, achieved through rigorously ordered planning.
•Generosity of space and volume is given to designated living zones ranging from the Living / Dining/ Kitchen spaces to the day bed in the Master Bedroom and Dining areas and feature fireplace and hearth. In all instances the volume is achieved for both practical (climatic air flow and stack effect) and aesthetic/ physiological benefit. Whilst maintaining a sense of internal “freedom”, through high ceilings and flowing spaces, the different functions or zones within and around the home enable segregation of a prescribed activity; at the same time inviting subtle connection, when required. The flexibility of modern open plan living is well demonstrated in this instance.
•From the formal to informal living spaces, all zones are complimented by ‘break out’ external spaces (decks, patios, alfresco spaces); allowing one to take in a view, retreat from the climate, relax in the pool or garden. Again, all of these opportunities stem from the circulation spine.
Indoor/ outdoor spaces
•The primary objective of the outdoor space was to link the pool and expansive rear Modwood deck to the internal living spaces, with the elevated upper level decks provided both front and back to provide alternative outdoor living opportunities to suit the weather and seasons, and to maximize the view.
•The swimming pool was positioned as both a backdrop to these zones, and that of an external focus to the rear and off the kids’ bedrooms.
•A clear separation of the vehicular and pedestrian entry is achieved by centering the pedestrian path on the street frontage, flanked by planters and feature fencing, and capped with a gatehouse, all done to diminish the street impact of the driveway and also Garage, set back from the main building line. From there, the path runs centrally to the front door and through to the feature stair void.
•Zones are clearly distinguished. The plan and building form clearly break the building into a cluster of four pronounced zones; rear Kid’s wing/ rear deck and pool, Garage and Utility spaces, Living quarters (lower level living and decks, upper level living, kitchen, dining and outdoor decks) and Parent’s suite with integrated Home Office.
Furnishable and practical spaces
•All rooms were assessed to achieve practical sizes, within the confines and limitations of the site and budget. Corridors were kept to a minimum and clustered to become features of the home. Built in furniture and joinery (daybeds, feature stone fireplace and hearth etc) compliment flexible open-plan spaces.
Kitchen and other work areas
•All fixed elements have been simply arranged to ensure that the facilities are practical and safe, whilst ensuring comfortable circulation distances around them. As a focal and gathering point, with access to some of the home’s best views, the Kitchen, combining concealed pantry/ scullery, cooking zone (with access to outdoor BBQ zone) and island bench is located centrally. The Laundry, located between the Garage and Kid’s wing, is a functional space, discreetly located away from other spaces, with good storage provided and ready access to outdoor drying zone, again located out of view from other outdoor spaces.
Appropriateness of construction
•All materials selected are readily available and are either maintenance free (Modwood decking and screening), durable with long warranties (steel roofing, fc cladding/ linings, aluminium window joinery, polymer render on blockwork) or can be readily maintained (paintwork). The only items that will require additional maintenance will be the feature, stained, rafter tails, which are protected under roof cover, and can be accessed from deck level.”
Photos by Paul Smith