Approached from the street, the Canoe Reach House presents itself as a low slung, single story abode cut partially into a hillside. A front lawn slopes up to meet the upper level and a garage and lower level access are sunken into the yard. Viewed from the rear, however, the Steendyk Architects designed home in Brisbane reveals its sizeable interior volumes and integrated exterior spaces. The house implements a u-shaped plan, which surrounds a soaring central courtyard. The courtyard anchors all of the living spaces in the house, and serves as a flexible indoor/outdoor gathering area with a focus on the river running along the rear edge of the property. The outdoor space also incorporates a steel framed, cantilevered glass living space that shades a pool and additional patio space.
At the courtyard level, most living spaces incorporate sliding glass panels and uninterrupted planes of stone flooring to merge interior with exterior. Various species of wood and several types of stone throughout the home add warmth to the modern décor. Bedrooms are isolated on the upper level of the home.
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