Beach Box Shipping Container Home, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia










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ArchitectureO.G.E Group Architects
ProjectBeach Box Buddina
Owner and ArchitectJohn Robertson
BuilderPJP Construct
Containers3
Cost$170,000
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Year 2014
LocationBuddina, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
PhotographyRoss Eason


AWARDSAIA Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the year 2014
AIA Regional Commendation 2014


AIA Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the year 2014 Jury Citation

The utilization of “once used” shipping containers provides a robust and cost effective opportunity to re-engage with the beach culture and mixed use zoning of Buddina. The grouping provides separate private zones with pop outs for greater internal widths, linking with decks and courtyards and a simple skillion roof over entry referencing modest beach house vernacular. This playful use of containers, engages simple yet appropriate interiors and integration with the landscape. However, its power lies in the way it engages with the street and greater public domain through blurred internal/external and public/private boundaries, street furniture and through its honest and engaging presentation.

Description by O.G.E Group Architects

The ‘Beach Box Buddina’ is a modern day beach shack which uses three shipping containers as the primary structural building modules. The end doors have been removed to make way for full glazing panels, surrounded by crisp white awnings to bring a modern feel and protect from the elements. Deck areas and an internalised roofed link tie the shipping containers together and provide a touch of skillion roof beach shipping container house vernacular.

The primary objective was to deliver a modern shipping container house with a very simple method of construction and very modest budget with an architectural language that could be regarded as being both gritty and refined, and both urban and coastal.

Features such as full height glazing to the ends of the modules, hardwood timber cladding fins, plywood lined roof over the deck and the sleek white alpolic awnings, create a striking architectural composition. The plan arrangement of the 3 modules at splayed angles and separated from each other with linking decks and an internal sitting area, create a dynamic and playful series of spaces.

Distinctive landscaping features including extensive custom cut and painted sleepers, painted edge timber screen fences, and gabian blocks to the front footpath line, compliment the shipping container home and bring refinement to the project as a whole.

The Beach Box is a unique architectural project which has successfully utilised a very raw building module to create a building of surprising substance and refinement, and one which opens up absolutely to celebrate its oceanfront location.

On Saturday 20 October 2018 the Beach Box in Buddina was open to the public as part of Sunshine Coast Open House. Visitors were able to walk through the space and hear about the challenges and rewards of designing and constructing such a unique building by owner and architect John Robertson.




Description by Live Sunshine Coast

Local Architect and Sole Director of O.G.E Group, John Robertson, believes that good architecture must challenge, test and respond to countless variables, which is exactly what he has achieved with his contemporary and eco-friendly ‘Beach Box’ Shipping Container Home in Buddina.

This modern-day shack uses three shipping containers as the primary structural building blocks and has the extremely modest and almost unbelievable budget of $170,000 to construct, which certainly isn’t something you hear these days for a modern beachside home.

John came up with the initial idea after finding the block of land that had future development potential. He needed something that was affordable, cost effective and flexible. He researched kit homes and other alternatives but found that they weren’t within the cost parameters he was seeking. John discovered the containers and the fire was sparked!

The plans were subjected to intense scrutiny by the local council with the case going to the State Parliament. The project was about to be called in (stopped) however logic prevailed and he was able to finish the project. Three months later he won the House of the Year award and received a commendation by the Minister of Innovation for the State finals, where he was up against a $10 million build.

John, his partner and their combined five kids have lived comfortably in the Beach Box Buddina for three years and are now looking to renovate by adding a master bedroom and a kid’s rumpus room. He said his favourite thing about the pods is that he can go to work in the morning and by the afternoon two new rooms would have been added.

Over the past 2-3 years John and his team have been developing a ‘design menu’ for people of all ages to create one of their very own pod homes starting at only $60,000. The major reason behind it is to give people the flexibility to put more money into their land and location rather than the house and in turn gain better capital growth.

As the shipping container house is small or ‘semi-tiny’, it has been designed to be very functional. This limits what you can buy and forces you to forego unnecessary house times i.e. “junk” as John likes to call it, that I am sure we are all very aware of, most likely filling your cupboards or corners!

As your life evolves or demands change, the bliss in these shipping container homes is that you don’t have to entirely move. The option of adding an extra room or two on top or to the side is easy.

With the famous quote by Glenn Murcutt in mind “touch the earth lightly”, John is extremely passionate about providing sustainable properties that embrace the outdoor land and don’t lock you into an air-conditioned room. These houses of humility enable people to have their own humble personality in an urban and architectural place.

He is a strong believer that it doesn’t have to be an expensive house to be cool!

John has very big plans for these sustainable pods and hopes to one day make them entirely ‘off the grid’ with integrated solar and battery power.

Description by Courier Mail

Recognised as the winner for the Gabriel Poole Award for House of the Year at the 2014 Sunshine Coast Architecture Awards, the Buddina Beach Box was designed by OGE architects.

It offers simple yet stylish interior and exterior transitions with the immediate surrounds and coastal landscape through a relaxed yet meticulous design and construction incorporating the use of containers.

Located directly opposite Buddina Beach in the unique High Density zoning precinct with a 21m height allowance, this property is the perfect modern beach pad, relaxed weekender or ideal land holding for developer looking for a brilliant beachfront site.

The property itself has deservedly been featured on Better Homes and Garden along with a number of other accolades for the relaxed coastal lifestyle on offer.

The home offers three distinct wings joined by light and airy walkways and halls. The modern kitchen is superbly appointed with separate living and dining zones also on offer.




There are a total of three bedrooms and a work space available with a timber deck to the front entry allowing a truly tranquil beachside escape.

There is also a home based business approval in place with one wing of the home fully wired and ready for a small business to enjoy whilst making the most of the beachside environment.


























Location

Address92 Pacific Blvd, Buddina QLD 4575, Australia




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Description by Sunshine Coast Open House

The Beach Box Buddina is a modern day beach shack which uses three shipping containers as the primary building blocks. Features such as full height glazing to the ends of the modules, hardwood timber cladding fins, plywood lined roof over the deck and the sleek white alpolic awnings, create a striking architectural composition.

The plan arrangement of the three modules at splayed angles and separated from each other with linking decks and an internal sitting area, create a dynamic and playful series of spaces.

Distinctive landscaping features including extensivecustom cut and painted sleepers, painted edge timber screen fences, and gabion blocks to the front footpath line, complement the building and bring refinement to the project as a whole.

Internally, an exquisite floor consisting of recycled traditional Chinese painted door timbers made into an engineered flooring system brings an edge of difference and luxury to the interior, along with whitewashed plywood ceilings, and crafty and modern soft furnishings and artworks.

The Beach Box is a unique architectural project which has successfully utilised a very raw building module to create a building of surprising substance and refinement, and one which opens up absolutely to celebrate its oceanfront location.


About O.G.E Group Architects



The firm’s principal and sole director, John Robertson, has worked in the industry for sixteen years on numerous projects of various scales and types from Port Douglas to Sydney to China.

John is a true Sunshine Coast local, having lived here all his life, and is extremely passionate about the area and community he has chosen to base the firm within. John instills this love for architecture and the coast in all members of his team to ensure absolute accountability for each project the company produces.

Since establishing the firm late 2008 we have had the honour of designing a considerable number of significant projects both here on the Sunshine Coast and internationally.

O.G.E Group prides itself on having the ability to design any project at any scale applying quality architectural education, with an intense passion for listening and researching the clients’ brief and needs. We deliver strong and dynamic designs and buildings working alongside the client, consultants, and builder to ensure the idea becomes a reality, on budget.

O.G.E Group Architects are an A+ Member of Australian Institute of Architects

Address4 First Ave, Maroochydore QLD 4558, Australia
Phone+61754448883
Websitehttp://www.ogegroup.com.au/


About PJP Construct

Peter Puschmann of PJP Construct Pty Ltd has been in the building industry for over 20 years.

With his team he has built a strong reputation as a quality builder with a commitment to providing fine custom built homes through renovation & new builds. Working closely with the very best architects, designers and tradesman, Peter finds a way to convey his client's desires and create a home that is unique and distinctive.

Using only the highest quality materials and building techniques, Peter and the PJP Construct Team will exceed your home building expectations. Contact us to learn more about how PJP Construct can partner with you and your architect or design team to create your custom home.

Address70 Hoopers Road 4556 Sunshine Coast - Kunda Park Queensland - Australia
Phone 1+61754501646
Phone 2+61413001580
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/PjpConstructPtyLtd/


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Beach Box Shipping Container Home, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia