Spicers Retreat Naturally Ventilated with Breezway

Spicers Retreat Naturally Ventilated with Breezway

Spicers Retreats Naturally Ventilated with Breezway

SUNSHINE COAST, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Nestled in the hills of South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim trail is a group of luxury off-grid cabins. Created for Spicers Retreats’ five-day walking adventures, the two eco-cabin sites offer a place for weary hikers to rest and rejuvenate after a rewarding day’s walk.

The idea for a multiday walk came to Jude Turner, the Spicers Retreats founder, over ten years ago as an idea to link their two properties Spicers Hidden Vale with Spicers Peak Lodge. Participants of the five-day walk are guided through the ancient World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest and along the Mistake Mountains.

The sheer scope of the project makes it one of the largest ecotourism ventures attempted in Queensland – something which also presented a unique design and construction challenge for Spicers Retreats, Luke Rowlinson Architects and Polyform Construction.

The cabins are spread across two sites and speak to the immense, untouched beauty of the rainforest and mountain ranges. “We co-designed the early master planning with a heavyweight Queensland architect, Jim Gall,” says Luke Rowlinson, the project’s architect. “He did the original sketches and walked through the sites before we even touched them. He had these ideas of how the buildings fit into the trees and the landscape so that there was the least impact possible.”

Spicers Retreats worked closely with A&L to overcome some particularly tricky challenges during the construction process. Each window was built offsite and transported in shipping containers, which meant a remarkably small margin for error once they arrived at the location. “The windows had to be exactly the right depth, the reveals had to be finished exactly where we expected them to be because the panelling, lining and cladding was all built offsite.” Luke says.

The cabins are a love letter to the bush and appear like a cluster of treehouses that blend into their environment – in part thanks to the earthy colour palette of the window and door frames. A large tilt door extends out from the bedroom, creating an uninterrupted outlook to the surrounding gum trees. In the warmer months, the door can be left open all night; it’s a luxury spin on sleeping under the stars.

Through close collaboration with A&L, Spicers selected a combination of fixed rake and Breezway Louvre Windows, which allow fresh air to flow into the living spaces and add a sense of texture and substance with their bold, designer profiles. Clear glass louvres with black frames bring light into the front of the cabins and elevate the earthier tones, while the Western Red Cedar louvre blades in the bedrooms strike a balance between privacy and ventilation.

Spicers commitment to sustainability meant they oversaw the entire production process from beginning to end. A zero-waste policy was introduced for both on and offsite practices. “It was to the point that we wouldn’t accept any products if the packaging couldn’t be recycled,” Luke said.

Energy efficiency was a major priority for the cabins to run effectively off-grid and with a low environmental impact. The Great Dividing Range area is chilly in winter and warm in summer, so the buildings are well insulated to maintain a steady temperature. Every window was fitted with inline reveals, which provide a higher insulation standard than regular windows, helping to reduce the need for excess heating and cooling. “It’s quite revolutionary, and a lot of windows from around the world are heading this way,” Luke tells us.
“Just by changing the location of where the reveal sits to the aluminium frame means they transfer less energy from the inside to the outside and vice versa during the life of the window.”

Spicers Retreats eco-camp cabins show us that engaging with sustainable construction doesn’t mean sacrificing beautiful design. It’s quite the opposite. By letting nature drive their decision-making process, Spicers have shown us that something quite extraordinary can be achieved. Luke echoes this sentiment. “Spicers are particularly forward-thinking, and they’re not arrogant enough to think that their retreats will exist forever,” he says. “They know that there’s a limited lease, and they know that there’s a limited opportunity to promote the great natural asset we have.”

Client: Spicers Retreats
Architect: Luke Rowlinson Architects co-designed with Jim Gall Architect
Builder: Polyform Construction
Window & Door Supplier: A&L

Beautiful Buderim Home Flooded with Natural Breezes

Beautiful Buderim Home Flooded with Natural Breezes

Beautiful Buderim Home Flooded with Natural Breezes

BUDERIM, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Adrian Ramsay Design House was commissioned by Queensland builders, Green Earth Homes to design this home for their client. This contemporary new home is perched up on top of the south eastern side of Buderim and overlooks the beautiful scenic coastline.

This two-storey design features four bedrooms, two with ensuites and walk in robes, living rooms on the ground and upper floors, connected by a featured staircase at the entry. The home also has an outdoor pool, a large covered alfresco area and private garden courtyard.

With multiple Breezway Louvre Windows throughout the design, breezes can flow in from the east to the west, and north to south while also using the staircase as a funnel to remove stale air from the home, reducing the reliance on mechanical ventilation.

This light and air flooded home has one of Buderim’s best aspects and is within walking distance to the local village.

Building Designer: Adrian Ramsay Design House
Tel: 0490 547 960
Email: studio@ardesignhouse.com
Website: www.ardesignhouse.com

Light & Airy Sunrise Beach Renovation Project

Light & Airy Sunrise Beach Renovation Project

Light & Airy Sunrise Beach Renovation Project

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

The Sunrise Beach project is an incredible renovation by Adrian Ramsay Design House. The kitchen area has been repositioned into the heart of the home to allow a more natural flow-through home design. By redesigning the kitchen layout and incorporating Breezway Louvre Windows, this entertaining space can now take in the outdoor views and natural breezes for the clients to enjoy.

It was also important for the clients to be able to connect with their outdoor surroundings but still have privacy while occupying the bathroom. Therefore frosted louvre blades worked perfectly for this. By adding Breezway Louvre Windows into the bathroom this allowed for masses of airflow, and helps the room to breathe and keep it dry, reducing any build-up of mould in wet areas.

Overall a stunning redesign making this home a more naturally comfortable living space for the homeowners to enjoy.

This project also won a Regional Building Designers Association of Australia award.

Building Designer: Adrian Ramsay Design House
Tel: 0490 547 760
Email: studio@ardesignhouse.com
Website: www.ardesignhouse.com

Multi-functional Studio naturally ventilated with Breezway Louvres

Multi-functional Studio naturally ventilated with Breezway Louvres

Multi-functional Studio naturally ventilated with Breezway Louvres

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
This stand-alone 20m x 7m studio was designed by Adrian Ramsay Design House and was requested by the clients to integrate well with the existing property and to flow into the existing home seamlessly.

Whilst the project faced some site challenges including boundary setbacks, AR Design has done an amazing job creating a relaxing and multi-functional space.

The structure houses a rehabilitation resistance pool indoors that is completely bug-proof. Breezway Louvre Windows were selected as the window of choice to allow abundant crossflow ventilation into the area with the option of air conditioning, if required.

The space also accommodates a full gym for both clients and their personal trainer, a playroom including pool table, and an area for massages and rehabilitation.

This project won the Regional and National Design Award for the Building Designers Association of Australia.

Building Designer: Adrian Ramsay Design House
Tel: 0490 547 760
Email: studio@ardesignhouse.com
Website: www.ardesignhouse.com

Breezway Louvres help win Best Contemporary Residential Design for 2021

Breezway Louvres help win Best Contemporary Residential Design for 2021

Breezway Louvres help win Best Contemporary Residential Design for 2021

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
‘A House that Breathes’ is a new build project by Adrian Ramsay Design House. The project has been designed with no fixed windows, only doors and Breezway Louvre Windows to allow the house to breathe all year round from its fresh, natural surroundings.

The clients have never had to use their power-hungry air conditioning, even during its hottest months in tropical South-East Queensland. This is due to the constant flow of natural ventilation from wide open Breezway Louvre Windows. The owners, Heather and Glenn stated, “no matter what the weather is they can always have a louvre open”. The design of a Breezway Louvre allows blades to be freely angled, even during light rain, so that natural air can continue to flow in and circulate the house.

This strategic, well thought-out design is naturally brightened, and is all about bringing the outdoors in, to help make the home come alive and allow the owners to enjoy their living space all year round.

This project won ‘Best Contemporary Residential Design (Australia)’ by BUILD in their Architectural Awards for 2021.

Customer Testimonial by ARDH featuring Breezway Louvres

Building Designer: Adrian Ramsay Design House
Tel: 0490 547 760
Email: studio@ardesignhouse.com
Website: www.ardesignhouse.com