A Queensland home incorporates a passive solar design with a modernist approach.
Taking in exquisite views of the ocean was the plan for this Bribie Island waterfront home. For Ric Svanberg Architect, the home’s stunning location inspired the design. As soon as you enter, the breathtaking views capture your attention. The entry hall, a highlight for both the owner and designer, not only allows a full view of the living spaces but also looks out to the water, setting the tone for the entire house. The architecture combines dramatic structural lines with a modern edge.
“The architectural influences have emerged from my many and varied work and life experiences but in essence it’s a modernist program approach spurred on by a fantastic client with bucket-loads of enthusiasm,” says Ric Svanberg. Fitted with the most up-to-date modern luxuries, the home’s interior follows a sophisticated look. Clean lines dominate the open-plan living space. The interior features predominantly white furniture and furnishings. In the kitchen, the focus on functionality and stylish design is evident. Stainless-steel appliances act as the perfect contrast to the all-white chef’s corner. Wide white cupboards provide the homeowners with plenty of storage space, as does the island bench that also doubles as a place to sit. Directly across from the kitchen is the dining area which follows the same theme. A white dining table and chairs were chosen for this space to highlight the modern design for the home. Also white, a pendant chandelier hangs from the ceiling, creating a lasting effect with its unusual shape. The dining area looks out to the pool through large, glass bi-fold doors.
When entertaining, the owners can open up the doors, combining the outdoor living space with the interior. The colour scheme in the master bedroom follows a different look from the rest of the house. The furnishings in this room, such as the bed linen, lamps, chair and cushions are predominantly black and white, with a splash of red highlighting the sophisticated look. In keeping with the requirements of the quieter sleeping zones of the first-floor areas, a dark-patterned carpet was selected and provides both a harmonising influence for this level and a contrast to the tiled areas below.
Complementing the large outdoor dining area accessed from this level, a separate balcony extends out from the bedroom, allowing the owners to enjoy the view all year round from both these spaces. The bathroom, too, is the picture of modern luxury and is fitted with a reconstructed granite benchtop, his-and-her sinks, an oversized mirror and shower and spa bath. The home’s exterior is interesting for a few reasons. The rooflines alone support the modern look, with the eclectic mix of sharp, sleek lines and curvaceous edges adding layering and character to the home. This residence has all the elements of a luxury home. It features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a covered alfresco dining area, barbecue and pergola, a courtyard with water features and a pontoon with boat lift.
This modern marvel was also designed to take advantage of passive solar design, capturing both the breathtaking views and the summer breezes. What more could one need in a modern home?