Palm Cove home a state finalist in BDAQ design awards
PERCHED atop Palm Cove, one of the Far North’s most spectacular locally-designed homes is up for a state design award this month.
The entry from JB Design, on Foley Rd, took out the Building Design Association of Queensland Residential Design: New Houses $1,000,001-$3,000,000 category in the Far North Queensland Regional Design Awards.
A spokeswoman for BDAQ said “the new house design had to work in with an existing benched site”.
“The existing benched land greatly influenced/constrained the design. Changing the design from single-storey to two-storey allowed for more internal space for the owners and better position of amenities and retreat areas,” she said.
JB Design architect Terry James – also a Cairns Regional Council representative – said the brief was for a customised designed to work with the land.
“The property has a magnificent view and like most homes designed for the tropics it is open plan, with individual ideas,” he said.
“There is a garage in the middle with six cars parked on the side of a hill, so it was no mean feat to conceal that so you don’t feel like you’re driving into a car park.
“There were some specific requirements such as an outdoor bathroom so you can step out into the garden and shower with no walls.”
Mr James said there was “some pretty stiff competition” in the state design awards but he was excited to attend the event and represent Far North Queensland.
The plans for the residence were completed in 2014 and the home took a year to build.
The 2019 Queensland Architecture Awards regional category earlier this year also featured Far North buildings. Four Mile Beach House by Charles Wright Architects was named House of the Year and the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year went to the James Cook University Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine building on Thursday Island by Wilson Architects and Clarke and Prince Architects.