Situated alongside a small creek in the picturesque countryside in Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast Hinerland, this new home has been designed to complement its context by Matthew Dean at Matthew Dean Architects. The home has been designed to maximise the level of quality natural light provide cross-ventilation into the internal living spaces, by using high louvred windows. The large deck off the main living spaces takes in views to the creek and out towards the landscape. Living spaces are open plan and perfect for entertaining with a butler’s pantry and outdoor kitchen on the extensive deck. There is also a self-contained office that has been designed to be flexible and could also be used as a guest suite or elderly accommodation.
I recently visited a project in Coombabah, on the Gold Coast, where I was involved with the re-design of the facades. I had a tour of the site and managed to take some photos during construction. I might have to re-visit once its all done. http://hansfordresidences.com.au/
Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as ‘inherent buildability’, and I believe it is central to what I do.
There are always limitations on design. Planning controls, site size, shape and slope, and building budget all impact on design. While it would be wonderful to be able to design without restrictions, architecture is all about being able to work within these limitations and still design something beautiful.
Matthew Dean Architects specialises in the design of prestige modern homes. Here is another currently under way in Kedron, on the Brisbane’s north side. We’re looking forward to seeing this one come to life in 2017.
If you are prepared to compromise on a view and cross ventilation, an underground home may be a feasible option.
On the up side, underground homes provide effective shelter from extremes of weather, resulting in a constant internal temperature all year round. Noisy neighbours would also be less of a problem as the sound insulation would be optimal.
If you think underground homes can’t be luxurious, take a look at these underground mansions in the UK.