Generally speaking, the quintessential Queenslander home is made from timber and corrugated iron. For their Casuarina project, Vokes and Peters selected brick as the principal material. Fixed timber screens were added for privacy and security, so the family can leave windows open while listening to the ocean as they sleep.
Stuart says materials were selected based on their inherent authenticity and how they contributed to the handcrafted outcome. “Brickwork was selected not as a suburban motif, but as a perfect material for making walls in the garden,” he says. Bricks were also chosen for the central void, being a ‘noble material worthy of receiving sunlight’.