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Bark Studio
by Bark Design Architects

    

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

Architects Stephen Guthrie and Lindy Atkin's brief for themselves was to 'showcase' their design approach and philosophies whilst making an inspiring place to work for the Bark Design team and their clients. Elevated as a modernist steel and glass pavilion in the Noosa Hinterland, the Sunshine Coast based duo created a steel, glass and plywood studio as the ideal work environment for their emerging architectural practice. The Bark Studio explores the notion of a mixed work / house typology – a workhouse. A modest building, which can function as flexible spaces for a design team of six people, a house for two people or a comfortable combination of both at times. Perched on only four steel columns in order to slot between two mature Australian Eucalypts, the modular 20 metre long
 
 

structure of steel portal frames is encased with openable and fixed glazing on three sides, layered with operable blinds, framing the broad views of the Pacific coastline from the Hinterland. The fourth facade is presented as the 'billboard', a plywood clad wooden box facing the road, providing privacy, protection from the western sun, a desired ambiguity of perceived use and a big 'drive-in movie' projection screen. The solid nature of this form is punctured with the ‘Shop Front’ display window and horizontal glass slots, and is contrasted with the northern timber entry platforms and horizontal roof planes, which simply provide lightweight framing of the landscape beyond. Eye catching and memorable, the Bark Studio continually surprises and delights users and visitors.
 
DETAILS

Location
Noosa Hinterland, QLD
Architect
Bark Design Architects
Contact address:
Bark Design Architects
Project Team
Project architect: Bark Design Architects
Design architect: Bark Design Architects
Developer: Bark Design Architects
Structural consultant: Tod Noosa
Interior designer: Bark Design Architects
Quantity consultant: Graham Lukins Partnership
Builder: Ron Scholes Building
Steel Fabricator: Precision Welding & Fabrication
Photographer: Peter Hyatt, Hyatt & Associates
Other Team Members : Stephen Guthrie and Lindy Atkin
Entered
2005


Photographs by Peter Hyatt of Hyatt & Associates, text by Bark Design Architects

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