Highlights of Augusts QLD AAA Tours

In August the Australian Architecture Association explored some of Queensland's contemporary architecture on the AAA Sunshine Coast Residential Bus Tour, Saturday 29 August and it's first At Home With the Architect in QLD on Sunday 30 August.

Saturdays tour experienced five residential designs by three Queensland architects based in the Noosa region, Bark Design Architects, Teeland Architects and Robinson Architects. Sundays At Home With the Architect featured a house designed by Reddog Architects, with a bonus tour of Bud Brannigan’s Tweed River Art Gallery.

Below are some images of the buildings explored over the two days.



The first house featured in the AAA Residential Bus Tour was designed by Robinson Architects.

Located on an acreage in the Noosa Hinterland, ’Platypus Bend’ House was completed only recently. The house is elevated above the ground level, which is prone to flooding from a nearby creek and enjoys a private vista of surrounding bushland.


Second residence of the day was also designed by Robinson Architects. The Lake Weyba Duplex in Noosaville was designed for a young family looking to develop a suburban block into their home with a second residence as an investment. Lake Weyba Duplex received the 2015 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards - Region Project of the Year.



The third house on the tour designed by Teeland Architects, explored the re-purposing of a 70’s brick beach house located in Little Cove.

The redesign involved the updating of exterior elevations and adjustments to the planning of the interiors to provide more bedrooms, living spaces and amenity and sought to take greater advantage of rear views of subtropical rainforest.


After a delicious lunch at Pitchfork Restaurant in Perigean Beach, the tour headed to the last two houses of the day designed by Bark Design Architects.


The first of which was their Perigean Beach House, a renovation of an existing holiday home next to the beach.


The final house of the tour located in the hills of Dulong was a new residence built for a couple who fell in love with the vista from their steeply sloping site. Divided into two pavilions linked by a large covered deck, all living areas and bedrooms take full advantage of the expansive view.




The first Queensland At Home With the Architect explored a residence designed by Brisbane firm Reddog Architects. Located in Chapel Hill, the existing house was extensively renovated for an expatriate family returning to Australia from living in Asia.


Participants of the first QLD At Home With the Architect were offered the opportunity to take a bonus special tour of the Tweed River Art Gallery. Led by its designer architect Bud Brannigan, the tour explored the three stages of the galleries development including the latest addition of the Margaret Olley Art Centre and adjacent Artist studio and residence.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographs: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: Reddog Architects ‘Chapel Hill House’
  • Image 2 (montage): Jolyon Robinson of Robinson Architects ‘Platypus Bend House’ Exterior & Ensuite
  • Image 3 (montage): Robinson Architects ‘Lake Weyba Duplex’ Exteriors
  • Image 4 (montage): David Teeland ‘Little Cove House’ Exterior & Ensuite
  • Image 5 (montage): Lindy Atkins and Stephen Guthrie of Bark Design Architects ‘Perigean Beach House’ Entry & Dining Space
  • Image 6 (montage): Bark Design Architects ‘Dulong House’ Exterior & Kitchen
  • Image 7 (montage): Reddog Architects ‘Chapel Hill House’ Exterior, Breezeway & Living Room
  • Image 8 (montage): Bud Brannigan ‘Tweed River Art Gallery’ Exterior & Artist Studio & Residence