The Elysium 154 house is in Noosa, Queensland. I really like how the architects play with two very clear and simple volumes all along the site. Both volumes open up to give the users complete access to the backyard and pool. The lateral facades only open occasionally meaning that the house is basically closed up towards the neighbours giving complete privacy to the interirors. I also like the use of timber on all facades. It gives privacy and also provides extra shading (which is well received as the house is located in a sub-tropical climate).
From BVN Architecture: The Elysium 154, Noosa project is a residential development for the last sub-division within the highly desired Noosa Heads postcode. The large site consisting of 189 house allotments, communal leisure facilities (tennis courts, health spa, aquatic facilities) parkland and nature reserves is located inland from the Noosa coastline adjacent to Lake Weyba. Theundulating, picturesque landscape of the site retains vast pockets of existing vegetation and is afforded distant views to the Sunshine Coast hinterland beyond.
This house enjoys a truly wonderful site, which slopes gently from the street on the south toward a small park and openspace to the north. The softly, sweeping, curved walls and forms which identify this house are generated by an intuitive response to achieve both the north-east aspect and views to the northern parkland areas. The external textured wallfinishes fold back into the interior of the dwelling along walls and ceilings where carefullydetailed edges and transitions with smooth internal walls allow the threshold between inside and out to be distorted. Drawing the external garden and pool spaces into the building has amplified the sense of subtropical luxury. Completed in 2009.