Solis establishes a new modernist jewel on this famous Queensland Island.
The aim was to create evocative spaces which satisfy human needs for textural and tactile experiences.
As a design practice, our aim is to create evocative architecture which satisfies the human need for textural and tactile experience. Solis on Hamilton Island draws inspiration from its magnificent location and Mediterranean coastal architecture: simple, permeable volumes opening and unfolding, capturing distant views of water and land.
Each project presents an opportunity to explore the unique qualities of its environment and site. By rigorous exploration we can discover the concealed influences inherent in every site. It is only then that we decide our design direction.
This site, within its luscious natural setting, brings the weather seasons into focus with the vegetation’s glorious display of colour, texture and flower - nature’s constant reminders of life’s cycles. Remaining connected to these surroundings was one of the key elements driving the design of the house.
Terraces are fluid extensions of internal spaces capturing cooling breezes and allowing cross ventilation. Bedroom terraces frame magnificent views of water and garden, distant lands and the horizon, so that falling asleep or waking is never a mundane ritual. Special attention was taken designing the bathrooms:eliminating superfluous detail and relating to the natural surroundings imbues the spaces with a sense of well-being and purity that is invigorating for the body and stimulating for the mind.
Always connected to water, the interiors are sheltered and cool: swimming pools, reflection ponds and strategically positioned trickling waterfalls soothe both indoors and outdoors, as each rain droplet resonates through the spaces.
In contrast to this sense of tranquillity, equally critical to the design was to provide a high degree of safety to the occupants by integrating building regulations so that the house is able to withstand the destructive forces of tropical cyclones that are common in this region of Queensland.
Construction method and material selection was influenced not only by the climate but also the client who had expressed preference for low maintenance materials on a sub-tropical site with extreme weather: long periods of hot, humid conditions and prolonged heavy rain during the wet season limit material lifespan.
Another factor was regional Council’s limit on colours: white and primary colours were not permissible. For these reasons concrete became the primary material; utilising its eternal qualities of extreme resiliency, excellent thermal properties, the textural quality and hue of rough sawn timber boards echoing the trunks of gum trees and large grey weathered boulders on the site. Further, concrete allows for a ready-made finish eliminating the use of render and paint as well as lending instant patina.
Wall and floor finishes, such as polished concrete, unfilled honed travertine tiles and textured internal renders were selected for their durability and tactile qualities; the irresistible urge to experience the house bare-feet whilst enjoying the touch of the smooth, cool stone.
The design seeks to balance the human spirit by the enriching experience gained in re-connecting with nature through the simple act of observing the wonders of its ever-changing scenery and by harnessing its benefits: off-shore cool breezes, warm evenings, spectacular sunsets, lush vegetation and the beauty of tropical rainfalls.
• 2011 AIA National Award, Residential Architecture – Houses
Solis is a breathtaking house. The architect has carved into a steep edge of Hamilton Island, brilliantly sculpting three interlocking levels to frame extraordinary views of islands in the Whitsundays waters.
The house is approached through an unremarkable, albeit leafy, suburban precinct.
• Australian Interior Design Awards 2011, (Queensland) Best Of State Residential Design,
• AIA, \\'residential Architecture - Houses\\' - National Award,2011
• AIA, \\'Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture - Queensland State Award
• AIA \\'House of The Year\\' - Central Qld regional Award- Australian Institute Of Architects 2011
• AIA Commendation Award - Central Qld Regional, 2011
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