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Point Lookout Retreats

Point Lookout Retreats Scott Burrows

Paul Butterworth Architect

Queensland Entries 2010

From the earliest design concepts timber was a vitally important element in the creation of the Point Lookout Retreats. Only timber could manage the delicate balance between modular, cost-effective, durable, low-tech (locally sourced) carpenter-built construction while exhibiting rich, contextually appropriate quality and refined detailing capabilities.

Client, contractor and architect worked closely with the timber & hardware supplier who were also passionate advocates for locally sourced and milled timber (Tradeware Building Supplies, Capalaba). Queensland spotted gum was a clear choice for cost, quality presentation and durability in the tough coastal environment and was therefore used extensively.

The main structure was a polished concrete slab on ground, supporting a plywood-braced pine frame and spotted gum roof structure. Wrapping planes of stained hardwood weatherboards articulate a crust reminiscent of the bushfire-burnt bark of nearby banksias. Timber batten screens cast striking shadows providing arbours of dappled shade, articulating points of access & egress. The core of each stair was clad in grey textured plywood sheeting providing an economical, durable barrier, that when edge-lit, resembles delicate patterns of silver sand at low-tide.

Bedrooms and internal living areas are sized for the clear finished hoop pine plywood panels they're clad with. Their sheet junctions expressed with a 10mm black shadow joint. At night a warm inviting glow of up-lit plywood can be seen from the street through high fixed glass; a welcome site returning from a winter night's fishing.

The plywood kitchen, bathroom open shelf units and light pelmets were factory pre-fabricated, transported by ferry to site and installed. Timber-framed window hoods and plywood balustrade sandwich panels were also pre-fabricated.

The Retreats are simple spaces arranged around timber decks, deferential and integrated with the natural environment. They demonstrate traditional materials with contemporary detailing, finished with refinement, quality and respect.
Entered into:
  • Residential Class 1, New Buildings (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
  • Best Use Of Wood Veneers, 2010
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