Frangipani | Sparks Architects

"Frangipani" | Sparks Architects Pty Ltd | Photographer: Cameron Murchison

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Frangipani | Sparks Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Kabi Kabi



Sunshine Coast

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Jaicon Pty Ltd
Cameron Murchison
Project summary

Frangipani was realised through the substantial renovation of an early 1980’s building. Three individual units have been transformed into one large beach house, and separate self-contained studio. The previous mass of various elements and conflicting roof forms has been simplified into a clean and elegant form articulated through architectural detailing and materiality more in keeping with the local beach house vernacular.

A new central spine facilitates primary circulation and serves as a breezeway and light well providing the southern half of the building with natural light and air flow. It also creates two distinct zones – public and private. The public living zone is positioned on the original suspended concrete slab to take advantage of the ocean views. It’s southern site position is addressed through the breezeway / light well and being a large open ended room with an eastern beach deck and protected western pool deck.

Our brief for Sparks Architects was to convert an old block of 3 units into a beautiful beach house. Dan and his team have excelled themselves, creating a modern home with an ingenious design that takes full advantage of the local seaside environment. This includes various open, yet private, living and dining spaces full of light, and cooled by sea breezes, as well as a downstairs studio for guests. We are very proud of our new home, and very grateful to Sparks Architects for designing such an iconic asset for our family, and a wonderful environment for welcoming friends.

Project Practice Team

Dan Sparks, Design Architect
Michael Cornish, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Alta Projects – Mat Bruton, Structural Engineer

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"Frangipani" | Sparks Architects Pty Ltd | Photographer: Cameron Murchison

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