Satou House Gallery
2012 Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards: Brisbane Winner Individual Home $1m - $2m 2011 HIA-CSR Housing Awards: BRISBANE/TOOWOOMBA WINNER - Custom Built Home $1m-$2m QUEENSLAND FINALIST - Outdoor Project of the Year QUEENSLAND FINALIST - Custom Built Home of the Year Client Comments: "Congratulations on your success in the recent HIA awards. We are really chuffed that your care and craftsmanship and expert stewardship of the project has been recognised by the association. We are very happy for you and wish you every future success.". James & Tee Beng - Owners
With a client brief guided by Japanese design principles, Satou House was conceived as a journey through a series of courtyards and pavilions.
The spaces are private and introverted, providing the opportunity to create an individual atmosphere in each. Water elements—river, pool and pond—are experienced in a different manner from each space.
A concrete spine through the house provides a focal point for the interior, while serving as a heat sink in winter. Landscaping is closely entwined with the built form, with gardens woven into the building footprint. As collectors of art and ceramics, the clients also sought to create a gallery for their collection, with key pieces being integrated into the house during the design phase. The desire for simplicity over audaciousness has resulted in a beautiful home with subtly crafted details. (Arkhefield)
Photos by Scott Burrows