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.
Danielle Bauer, Draftsperson
Lauren Job, Graduate of Architecture
Tomas O’Malley, Design Architect
Empire Engineering, Structural Engineer