Our 'Solis' home was the recipient of the "National
Award for Residential Architecture" for 2011 as awarded by the Australian
Institute of Architects.
Award winning 'Solis' is on the cover and is featured within "Best Coastal
Homes". A 2011 Think Publishing hardcover book.
The design objective is to create evocative spaces which satisfy the human need for textural and tactile experience and as such, the interiors of Solis draw inspiration from the site’s magnificent location.
Terraces are fluid extensions of internal spaces capturing cooling breezes and allowing cross ventilation. Eliminating superfluous detail and relating to the natural surroundings imbues the spaces with a sense of well-being and purity that is invigorating for the body and stimulating for the mind.
The interiors are sheltered and the house opens up to allow abundant air into the interior: swimming pools, reflection ponds and strategically positioned trickling waterfalls soothe both indoors and outdoors.
Equally critical to the design was to provide a high degree of safety to the occupants by integrating building regulations so that the house is able to withstand the destructive forces of tropical cyclones.
The sub-tropical climate with extreme weather limits material lifespan and the Client expressed preference for low maintenance materials, therefore concrete became the primary material. Utilising its eternal qualities of extreme resiliency, excellent thermal properties, the textural quality and hue of rough-sawn timber boarded concrete finish conforms to its natural surroundings. Concrete allows for a ready-made finish eliminating the use of render and paint, as well as lending instant patina.
Finishes, such as polished concrete, unfilled honed travertine tiles and textured internal renders were selected for their durability and tactile qualities; the irresistible urge to experience the house bare-feet whilst enjoying the touch of the smooth, cool stone.
The design balances the human spirit by the enriching experience gained in re-connecting with nature through the simple act of observing the wonders of its ever-changing scenery and by harnessing its benefits: off-shore cool breezes, warm evenings, spectacular sunsets, lush vegetation and the beauty of tropical rainfalls.