O’Shea House is a three bedroom seaside residence that represents to the client coastal living without boundaries. With a 13.5 meter, street frontage it opens to the street portraying a welcoming and engaging façade to community and its environment.
The cheerful and balanced forms in elevation take its cue from the surrounding topography. The strong linear roof line mirrors the horizon line of the ocean and the playful vertical steel and timber elements respond to the prominent stick like palms separating the house and street to the ocean.
At O’Shea House, the threshold between the inside and outside is the pool balanced in scale by enclosing the house on its sides and by separation of level to the street. The interiors are tropical, refreshing, uncomplicated and generous.
O’Shea House, O’Shea Esplanade, Machans Beach, Cairns
Winner: 2017 AIA Awards: Regional Commendation (QLD)
Winner: 2017 AIA Awards: People's Choice Award (FNQ)
Photography: Andrew Watson
The beach side residence is a testament to a successful and dedicated client-architect relationship. With a strong engagement with the surrounding landscape, the house encourages an open dialogue with the street. The careful planning and positioning of openings effectively capture the breeze and frame ocean views.
AIA juror citation, 2017