The Stone Age collides with the Space Age in this Dream Build home at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast. The house combines two contrasting styles representing the differing personalities of its husband and wife owners, Tom and VV Quinn.
Architect Tim Guymer says the home’s once-bare waterfront site provided little inspiration for the design of the house, so instead he took inspiration from the personalities of Tom & VV.
The combination of the elements is unique; the result, extraordinary.
The base of the home uses rough-cut limestone and massive timber beams from an old Qld sugar mill. The architect felt these earthy elements would mirror the “earth mother” nature of owner ‘VV’ Quinn.
In contrast, the high-tech roof represents the edgier, business-focussed nature of ‘VV’s husband, Tom. The roof & ceiling are an inverted pyramid made from an aluminium composite material which appears to “float” above the limestone like a futuristic spacecraft.
The roof is held in place by half-tonne cast bronze brackets set against a plate glass wall.
Like a good marriage, the home’s contrasting elements have combined to produce a courageous, inspiring, and stimulating design.