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Photography and video by Corey Schweikert

Client vision

"Provide additional bedroom and luxurious bathroom which embraces the existing building form and incorporates experiences and keepsakes from past travels"


Architectural solution

Main bedroom extension with Japanese-inspired onsen overlooking the Noosa National Park. The strong roof lines were reinforced by "U" shaped courtyard and existing spaces were given a sense of purpose.

2022 Australian Institute of Architecture Regional Commendation

Jury Citation

An existing beach house (wholly retained) with a modest budget and a strong client/architect relationship are immediately evident in the restrained and delightful marrying of cross cultural nuance; Japanese Buddhist aesthetic and subtropical living, resulting in a rich and detailed architectural response of subtle intervention and a clear planning regime. The simple gesture in extension of the existing platform amplifies the liminal experience and connections to nature providing prospect and refuge for the inhabitants.  The clarity of thinking and resultant execution of this modest extension serendipitously expresses the value and generosity of small footprint living and subtropical cross cultural nuance. 

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