The Lake House | biotope architecture.interiors

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards: People's Choice

The Lake House | BIOtope architecture.interiors

Residential Architecture - Houses (new)

The Lake House brings together traditional farm-house architecture and materials, as well as modern technologies sensitive to the environmental and ecological needs of today. Nestled between eucalypts and a lake, the Lake House uses the affordances of the immediate environment to provide both heat and energy. The lake at the foot of the house is the source of heat used by the geothermal heat pump with ground loop pipes in the water used to supply energy for the hydronic heating system. Seventy-two photovoltaic panels provide enough energy to release excess back into the grid. Local fauna freely inhabits the grounds and water, enjoying a non-threatening use of their habitat. Locals continue to use the established tracks running around the property. From inside the house, windows frame a landscape of intense beauty and serenity as do the timber and stone work, to create a seamless statement of place.


The Lake House | MGArchitecture. Interiors | Photographer: Peter Mathew
The Lake House | biotope architecture.interiors | Photographer: Peter Mathew

Client perspective:
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?

“One of the key features of the house is the distinct division between the living and the bedroom wings. This allows us to maintain a desired level of privacy even when having guests. Another feature of the design we love is the spaciousness of the living area with its high ceilings and character trusses and stonework. It has all the benefits of modern technology and at the same time gives us a historical reference to reflect on. Last but not least is the fact that the house fits perfectly into the landscape of the lake surrounded by bush.


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Practice team

Rosa Douramanis – Architect


Jackman Builders Pty Ltd – Builder

JSA Consulting Engineers – Structural Engineer

JSA Consulting Engineers – Civil Consultant

JSA Consulting Engineers – Hydraulic Consultant

GEO-Environmental Solutions – Geotechnical and AWTS Consultant

Enviro-Dynamics – Environmental Consultant

Emma Riley + Associates – Planning and Bush Fire Consultant

Milan Prodanovic – Traffic Consultant

Pitt & Sherry – Building Surveyor

Rogerson & Birch – Land Surveyor

Alastair Houston Landscapes – Stonemason

Your Spaceman – Furniture Designer

Joe Holmes – Recycled Timber Truss Supplier and Manufacturer

Jeremy Wallbank – Landscape Designer and Contractor

Pitt and Sherry – Energy Assessors

(Nathers) Casa Monde – Lighting Suppliers

Peter Mathew – Photographer

Our partners

Principal Partner
Major National Partners
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners

​National Insurance Partner

National Media Partner
State Partners

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