Residential Architecture – Houses – Lagoon House

This house for a young family is located near surf beaches south of Hobart. It is situated on the edge of Pipeclay Lagoon, behind a stretch of exposed coastline. The property has an existing cottage and a number of large Tasmanian blue gums, which inform a pattern of occupation on the site. The clients wanted a warm, robust house that would accommodate their active lifestyle and make strong connections to the surrounding environment and coastal community. Using the trees as ‘anchors’ for the plan, the new house is situated across a central zone of the site. The living spaces are oriented to the sun with sleeping spaces branching from the main living area in increasing layers of privacy. The house defines two distinct garden zones on the site – a northern outdoor living area and a produce garden at the rear. The northern walls are clad in Tasmanian hardwood, which are ‘carved’ to create deep window reveals; providing shade, seating and storage. A skin of blockwork affords protection from the prevailing inclement weather. The roofline lifts to bring additional daylight into the plan. This results in an undulating profile that poetically references the lagoon and rolling landscape beyond.

Taylor and Hinds Architects

Structural consultant – Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Lighting consultant – Peter Watson, Casa Monde
Photographer – Jonathan Wherrett
Building surveyor – Garry Lorkin, Lee Tyers Building Surveyors

Rory Wright – Southcoast Builders