Coconut Ice | Tomas O'Malley Architect

Coconut Ice | Tomas O'Malley Architect | Photographer: Paul Beutel

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Coconut Ice | Tomas O'Malley Architect

Traditional Land Owners
The Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Bailai Peoples



Central Queensland

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Geoff Auer Builder
Paul Beutel
Project summary

Coconut Ice is an exercise in compact suburban living, while maintaining a sense of joy and fun that complements the laid-back lifestyle of regional Queensland. Rigorous utilisation of space and creative detailing allows for a level of quality and usability that belies the modest budget of the project.
Orientated to take best advantage of solar aspect and cross-ventilation, the house places the occupant at the interface of inside and out, connected and attuned to the changing conditions of the natural environment.
As the architect’s own home, Coconut Ice reflects the down-to-earth attitude of he and his family, providing spaces for everyone to occupy independently while still being connected. It’s design was founded on the idea of ‘modern modest’ – a reaction against the inflation in size, complexity and cost of new homes in Australia over the last half century.

Coconut Ice is a joy to live and work in. The striking design and eye-catching colour lifts my mood and make it a standout on the street. It is filled with natural light and breezes, creating a bright and airy living environment perfectly suited to our climate. The smaller size and energy efficient design keeps us comfortable year-round without the need for air conditioning or heating that has become so prevalent. As a full-time WFH professional, having a separate office space within “Coconut Ice” is a game-changer and helps provide a balance between work and personal time.

Project Practice Team

Danielle Bauer, Draftsperson
Lauren Job, Graduate of Architecture
Tomas O’Malley, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Empire Engineering, Structural Engineer

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Coconut Ice | Tomas O'Malley Architect | Photographer: Paul Beutel

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