Australian based architecture firm Bark, really knows how to create a light in the darkness. The Marcus House stands right up along the shoreline in Queensland. The architecture of the house is meant to celebrate the natural landscape and beaches around, by using semi-transparent materials, large structural openings, garden views from the north, and allowing natural breezes to filter throughout the space. Bark explains in detail as to how they captured the essence of nature within the house.
“Windows and doors are Strategically Positioned to capture the Prevailing breezes whilst roof overhangs are Generous Protecting the house from direct summer sunlight. Air conditioning has not been installed in the Marcus Beach House nor is it desired. Air conditioning has not installed Been In The Marcus Beach House nor is it desired. Artificial lighting is kept to a minimum due to the generous amount and position of glazing, particularly facing north. Artificial lighting to a minimum Kept IS due to the generous Amount and position of glazing, particularly north facings. The roof over the Master Bedroom pavilion rises to the north providing a band of high level, operable, clerestory glazing capturing daylight and allowing any warm air to escape, setting up an effective ‘stack effect’ natural cooling process. The roof over the Master Bedroom pavilion Rises To The north Providing a band of high level, operable clerestory glazing capturing daylight and Allowing “any warm air to escape, setting up effective year ‘stack effect’ natural cooling process. The connection between the deck and living spaces is dynamic and direct. The Connection Between the deck and living Space is dynamic and direct. As the heart of the house, the covered double height outdoor room is actively used all year round as dappled sunlight is filtered through a timber batten screen hung below the roof structure. As The Heart Of The House, The Covered outdoor double height room IS Actively Used all year round as dappled sunlight filtered IS-through timber batten screen was hung below-the-roof structure.”
Goes without saying, but the Marcus is stunning! All the levels, and adjoining bridges make this an ideal dwelling for it’s location. Bark chose materials which encompass the house’s sustainable concept such as spotted gum hardwood timber, zincalume sheeting, corrugated zincalume, clear & opal polycarbonate, fibre cement sheet cladding, timber flooring tongue & groove, plasterboard wall lining, ceiling lining plywood. The natural wood materials are just another way that Bark followed through with their concept!
(Photographs Provided By Bark Architecture)