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This three storey pair of beach residences faces east toward the Pacific Ocean on a narrow, busy thoroughfare. Vertical fins are used for sun-shading, privacy, to curate views and to modulate the scale of the building’s overall form.

This project is about context and facade. Engagement with the coast road and by extension, the beach, is critically important. Albatross Avenue is characterised by blocks of duplex developments, each flexing their muscles for attention.

In a nod to Queensland’s subtropical climate, outdoor spaces feature pools and a roof garden. The Pacific Ocean is the principal cognitive attractor on the site.

On a very tight building allotment, the project attempts to maximise and balance the living area in relation to orientation and user experience.

2/8 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid Beach


Designer: Studio Workshop
Built: 2019
Website: studioworkshop.com.au

Images: Andy Macpherson Studio