Bicheno Heirloom | Loubser Workshop

Bicheno Heirloom | Loubser Workshop | Photographer: Matt Sansom

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Bicheno Heirloom | Loubser Workshop

Traditional Land Owners
palawa people of lutruwita


EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Nomad Shelter
Matt Sansom
Project summary

Bicheno Heirloom is a family home tucked away on the East Coast of Tasmania on a recently subdivided, 1ha piece of land that benefits from direct coastal access. The project sought to test the strength and resolve of a family as a newly minted architect and newly minted builder brought the home to life for their parents who were gearing up for retirement and a sea change from country to coast.

The brief was simple and clear. A family home that is beautiful, connected to nature and built to last.

The home is firmly grounded into and on the site and creates a diverse range of spaces that celebrate the aspect and connects with nature both near and far. A central courtyard provides refuge and shelters its occupants from the prevailing easterly breeze.

Heirloom. Something of special value handed down from one generation to another.

We wanted a place close to the ocean where we could stay and play forever and what we were drawn to was the design of the perfect symmetry of it all. It calms our minds and makes our hearts happy.

The open plan living, dining room and kitchen spaces definitely appealed to us, wide open spaces but still so cozy. The clean lines and angles, rammed earth, recycled beams and large windows creates an outdoorsy energy that makes every moment equally restful and inspiring. Michael has created a home that lives and breathes using natural materials.

Our dream home!

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Greg Green, Building Surveyor
Loci Landscapes, Landscape Consultant
Prime Design, Engineer

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Bicheno Heirloom | Loubser Workshop | Photographer: Matt Sansom

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