The Island House | BDA Architecture

The Island House | BDA Architecture | Photographer: Andy Macpherson

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

The Island House | BDA Architecture

Traditional Land Owners



Gold Coast and Northern Rivers

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Andy Macpherson
Project summary

The Island House is a home away from home. Located on South Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) the holiday home nestles within the natural landscape allowing the residents to seamlessly be connected with the rainforest and the local wildlife.

The pavilionlike forms define the public and private spaces. The materiality of the charred timber clad box defines the private bedroom wing whilst the new guinea rosewood datum line with the clerestory glazing and plywood ceiling identifies the public areas.

The architecture aspires to reinforce the identity of place through site positioning, a climatic response, retention of the existing landscape and adaption of raw materiality. The natural material palette of charred timber and new guinea rosewood creates a warmth and connection with the surrounding native trees.

The dwelling aspires to create a series of interior sequential spaces that change in scale, experience and materiality whilst providing visual connections to the Minjerribah landscape.

Being the owner/architect I wanted to create a holiday home that the family can feel like that they are away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The land on South Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is sacred and predominantly made up of rainforest, wetlands, beaches and wildlife.

Our family wanted a holiday home that we can engage and experience the natural surroundings.

The open plan design and high level of visibility through the dwelling permits us to be part of the landscape allowing us to engage, admire, relax, interact and enjoy the land our house sits upon.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

BDA, Interior Designer
East Coast Approvals, ESD Consultant
FPOV, Lighting Consultant
Oska, Civil Consultant
Oska, Structural Engineer
Pacific Geotech, Geotechnical Engineer

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