The Yik Residence in Mermaid Waters, Queensland is a bold and beautiful holiday home designed by architect Jayson Pate for clients who are based overseas.

In this interview with Rockcote Enterprises, Jayson Pate speaks about the project and the unique benefits he discovered using ROCKCOTE's Natural Materials.

Please tell us about the brief for the home.

The home was designed as a holiday home for clients who are based overseas. The brief was to create a stunning, yet functional home that maximised the site's city skyline views and took full advantage of the cooling south easterly breezes.

Where is the property located and how does it respond to the local surroundings?

The property is located in Mermaid Waters, QLD. The site is a canal front property to the east and has magnificent views of the hinterland, over a manmade lake to the west. City skyline views are also available to the north-east. These parameters were carefully considered with the placing of particular rooms, their glazing and how eave sizes and heights were designed.

What were the specific needs included for the people that own the home?

Being a holiday home, the clients specifically wanted a home where both quiet relaxation and easy entertaining could co-exist.

Knowing this, the home features expansive living spaces that flow out onto a generous sized alfresco area, pool and lawn for the kids to kick a ball. The home also features a media room and study and reading spaces for both parents and children, away from the main living and entertaining areas.

You specified the ROCKCOTE Natural Materials range. Which finishes did you use and why?

Internally ROCKCOTE Marrakesh was used in feature areas. Each Marrakesh application is unique and brings a natural beauty to a space. In this particular project, we chose to accentuate the double height living space by running it from floor to ceiling in the living room.

ROCKCOTE Marrakesh draws the eye high into the space, emphasising the full extent of the volume created.

How does the design and functionality of this home enhance quality of life?

The home design enhances the owners' quality of life by allowing them to relax and enjoy their holiday periods in the generous, functional spaces created. It allows them to escape their busy corporate lives and spend quality time with family, whilst enjoying the home that takes full advantage of the Gold Coast’s ideal climate.

Which design elements support simple living?

Everything from the functional floor plan, to the finishes selections, fittings and fixtures and home automation support simple living.

Which design elements are important in creating a functional home?

The key starting point to any functional home is a well-designed floor plan. To achieve this, clean lines and proportionate spaces are a must. Generous hallway widths and stairs are also an important element. The flow of a home and the way one space interacts with the next is also key.

What was your material strategy?

The material strategy was to use finishes that were low maintenance, allowing the clients to leave the home for extended periods, without stressing about what might need to be refinished or replaced upon their return.

What other building materials were used in this home?

Low maintenance material selections included rendered, painted external walls, hand laid stone cladding, metal roofing, aluminium framed windows and doors and a combination of tiled, composite timber and concreted external areas.

ROCKCOTE Marrakesh (Polished Finish) in Concrete

ROCKCOTE Marrakesh is a traditional lime plaster that allows artisans to create a wide range of decorative and functional finishes. Marrakesh draws inspiration from traditional Tadelakt and Moroccan plaster finishes, delivering a smooth, lustrous and luxurious finish.

At the Yik Residence, Marrakesh has been used to recreate the look of polished concrete, showing its power to create beautiful, contemporary spaces.