In the words of the architects Teeland Architects:
Our clients purchased a late 70’s brick beach house in little cove for a subtropical retreat from the cool southern climate. The house was located on a wonderful site that backed onto the Noosa National Park and surfing beaches. The existing dark brown brick residence, although well constructed at the time, had visually dated quite badly and did not take best advantage of the amazing site that backed onto a subtropical rainforest. The owners brief was to modernise the house while retaining as much of the existing building structure as possible.
One of the challenges with the existing house is that it did not take full advantage of the wonderful location backing onto the Noosa National Park. The rear of the house was largely a solid brick wall looking onto this beautiful view. We proposed carving out a series of new openings in the rear wall so that bedrooms and bathrooms would look out onto this very private serene landscape. Originally the house was quite dark internally so we pushed a series of timber lined light wells up through the roof. This allowed natural light to flow in from a high level, as well from the new openings in the brick walls.