Alexandra Headland House
Alexandra Headlands (address confirmed when booking secured)
Maroochydore / Buderim
Chris Klar Architects
The Alexandra Headlands house is located on a suburban street near the beach with extensive ocean views. The house was designed for an extended family who have lived in the area for many years, who wanted to enjoy a beach lifestyle with easy access to the outdoors. The site was a rare vacant block in this established area, which afforded the opportunity to design a modern house taking best advantage of all the site has to offer. They wanted to live without air-conditioning, utilising the marvellous prevailing breezes and abundant sunshine year-round.
The house takes advantage of the North-East orientation and high location to provide effective orientation while maintaining privacy in this suburban context. The site axis is necessarily North-South, however by locating all living and sleeping spaces on the top floor of the house and by orienting the main spaces North-East, all living spaces gain North-East orientation and views, while sleeping spaces gain the prevailing South-East breezes in the warmer weather. This effective zoning of the design maximises comfort and views both from and within the site throughout the year.
The floor plan is long and attenuated to maximise crossventilation. The living spaces, located at the North-East corner of the house effectively provide a one-room wide layout, thus maximising cross-ventilation and solar access. The house has higher than code levels of insulation to roof and walls, which combined with effective shading, stepped wall outline and deep eaves provides year-round comfort in the benign subtropical climate.
Bookings open on Wednesday 9 October at 9am. To secure your booking visit this building page, click on the "BOOK NOW" button and follow the prompts through the Eventbrite website. To ensure a fair allocation there will be a limited ticket allocation per person. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Pre-booked tours will book out quickly. There will be no waitlists, so if you miss out, please check back in case others cancel.