The owners of this sloping block at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island wanted a holiday house for themselves and a separate house they could rent out as a holiday home to others (a great way to finance your own holiday house)! With expansive ocean and bush views, the design by Graham Anderson Architects would need to take advantage of the site's assets. The challenge was to avoid blocking one house in...
The architect's solution was to arrange each house perpendicular to the street as part of the one building, one on top of the other. This means there is one house on the lower level with a view of the street and a private courtyard, while the other floats over the top to take in the view, avoiding the claustrophobic feeling of putting one house in front of the other. The design also means the living area and main bedroom of the top house enjoys a more expansive view.
A translucent polycarbonate sheeting is used to let in light while ensuring the home remains private from the street. At night this creates a lantern effect, casting a soft, diffused light on the street. The milky white of the polycarbonate is complemented by lime-washed floors and natural timber inside and Ecoply® plywood painted charcoal and board and batten cladding outside.
The upper house is split level to deal with the sloping block. A semi-enclosed deck floats 5 metres above the ground, perched out there to soak up the best of the views.
The lower house has its own living area, three bedrooms and bathrooms is oriented around its own private courtyard. The courtyard also acts as a beach entry with surfboard storage and an outdoor shower, perfect for sandy and salty bodies.
Far from your average duplex development, this duel holiday home makes the most of the views and ensures that both homes have their own private outdoor spaces to enjoy the climate. It's the perfect home away from home.