Entry in the AIA Awards 2010
Biscoe Wilson Architects were commissioned to design a comfortable prestige retirement house on a hill overlooking the banks of the Brisbane River. The design aimed at maximising river and city views, promoting environmentally sustainable design, and wheel chair accessibility on the sloping site. Although the residence is on a south sloping site, the design uses clerestory windows to focus maximal northern light into the living areas.
The Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) include solar efficient glazing, insulated roofs and walls, a 50,000 litre rain water tank under the pool terrace which is used for irrigation and is plumbed into the laundry and toilets, energy efficient lighting and appliances, water efficient bathroom fixtures, and solar roof panels for pool heating.
The design also features an accessible lift for easy access to both levels, a lap pool for use all year round, a gas fireplace for efficient heating during winter, and an outdoor/indoor room with sliding partition shutters to regulate privacy, breezes, and sun.
This project featured in the Courier Mail’s QWeekend Magazine (May 15-16 2010).
Architectural Team | Robert Biscoe, Marion Wilson, Melinda Morrison, Marty Bignell, Winson Leung
Structural Engineer | Westera Partners
Private Building Certifier | Building Surveying Professionals
Lighting | LAD
Builder | Col Palmer Constructions
Photographer | Logan Photography