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Architecture: Glass on Glasshouse Residence

February 23, 2010

Designed by Norman Richards, this Queensland residence acts as a stage from which to view the Glasshouse Mountains.

This house is designed to act as a stage from which to view the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland. The owners of this house operate a café and holiday cabins on the 22-acre property. The cabins were also designed by Norman Richards building design + interiors.

The efficient floorplan and lightweight steel frame of the residence allowed it to be built at a very modest budget. The building is oriented to solar north and low-E glass was used throughout, to provide thermal insulation. The house uses harvested rainwater and has solar hot water. The central breezeway doubles as the entry to the house.

Spotted gum chamfer boards introduce a traditional country twist to the modern design. The joinery, in off-black diesel colour and dark commercial bronze reflect the colours of the Glasshouse Mountains.

All aspects of the interior were designed including fittings, furniture and finishes. Fully integrated fridges and concealed appliances mean the kitchen effectively packs away when work is done. Interior part-height walls allow natural light to penetrate the kitchen, and encouraging airflow.

Glass on Glasshouse Residence won the Building Designers Association State Award for Best Custom Designed Home under 250sqm in Queensland in 2009 and is a finalist in the National awards to be held in May 2010.

  • Glenda July 25th, 2010 4:27 am

    Fantastic house – absolutely love it

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