Over two days in August 2011 the Australian Architecture Association explored a series of residential projects in the Noosa region designed by five contemporary architectural practices. One of the featured practices on the Noosa Residential Tour was the award winning architects, Bark Design, a small practice who operate out of Timbeerwah QLD.
Tour participants explored five of their projects; the Noosa Visitor Information Centre , Bark Designs' Studio, the Timbeerwah Residence (Art Studio) , the Sunshine Beach Residence and as a bonus self drive visit, the 'Glass House Mountain House' built near Maleny.
Towards the end of 2012 the ABC produced a series called 'Dream Build' and featured Bark Designs' 'Glass House Mountain House' in Episode 5 .
Designed for a family of Australian expatriates returning from Romania. This residence is a project that combines the stylistic influences of Japanese traditional architecture with modern ideas about transparency and the utilization of technology.
Located on the busy road into Maleny, thick stone walls muffle noise from the street and create a private central courtyard. The house is pushed up against the property boundary along the ridge of the hill and provides panoramic views towards the Glass House Mountains and coast beyond.
Functions of the house are divided into a series of pavilions linked by transparent walkways that open to take advantage of cooling breezes or close to protect interiors, yet allow light into the spaces. A separate guest house / music studio, showcases the architect’s experiment with standardization and modularization of components, creating an area guests would be reluctant to leave.
Visit the AAA e-news archives to read the September 2011 'All About Architecture' article about the Noosa Residential Tour.
- Article: Vanessa Couzens
- Photographer: Vanessa Couzens