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Karboora, Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia

Sunday 30 Dec 2012

An escape near the beach

Justin O'Neill 
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O'Neill Architecture's contemporary take on the fibro beach shack 

Karboora is a holiday house for a family of six, situated on a high point within Point Lookout with views north towards Moreton Island. The topography is knoll-like from the street, accentuated by the cut of the road. The site is bounded to the north by a neighbour, to the west by the street and to the south and east by bushland.

Karboora is a continuation of the standard structural systems of the Island beach shacks. It is a timber balloon frame structure, clad with FC, and sculpted to create a monolithic form. The living plane is spread over five levels as it mitigates between living on the ground and the seeking of northerly views. The buildings, courtyard and driveway all run east-west, maximising northerly aspect into all of the habitable rooms.

Each material was carefully selected for suitability and minimum maintenance within this coastal environment. Detail was rigorously discussed to support the maximum lifespan of these materials insitu. The house is serviced by 10,000 litre water tanks under the north building servicing toilets, laundry and hose cocks. A solar evacuated tube roof panel serves the hot water system. Cooking is via bottled gas to the kitchen and BBQ.

Karboora's bushland setting within a coastal beach zone required a BAL 29 bushfire rating to be applied to the building fabric. This requirement was achieved with extensive negotiations with all suppliers as they developed their own systems to achieve the new standards. Karboora has been nationally recognised by the Royal Australian institute of Architects as a contemporary development of the fibro beach shack.

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Status Completed
Value Undisclosed(m€)
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