Couran Cove Resort

South Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia 1996-98

This project was by designed by ARKishop Architects which was a partnership between Malcolm Price, Graham Osborne and Sally Osborne (Now Origen Architects).  ARKishop was the architect for the back part of the resort, which included: 140 cabins based on 3 different design models, an interpretative centre and teh reconfiguration of some sports facilities.

The brief was to design a series of family holiday cabins that:

  • sit harmoniously within their bush setting;
  • that touch the earth lightly;
  • are built of natural materials, with low embodied energy and are sustainably harvested;
  • incorporate ESD technologies to use efficiently use power and water with remove waste; and
  • use no chemicals for termite protection, paints etc.

The result was 3 cabins of various sizes that could easily be mirror reversed.

Pandanus Studio Eco Cabin

Contains a single space and a bathroom with a series of annexes, bedroom, loft and kitchen. The curved roof and clerestory light design encourages light to reach far inside the space and evacuate stale air as well as encourages breezes even on the stillest days. The cabins are elevated from the ground on steel posts to inhibit termite migration with timber plantation framing. Eco ply linings internally and externally were finished using natural paints. Suits young families.

Cottonwood 2 Bedroom Eco Cabin

The design features a curved roof with verandah interspace that is insect screened to provide comfort and an open door effect and to encourage breezes. The Cottonwood has two private rooms suiting older families.

Kite’s Nest 2.5 Bedroom Eco Cabin

Built with the same materials and featuring a split-level design which ‘better fits’ the undulating remnant sand dune bushland formation of most sites. Suits larger families or shared accommodation.

Interpretive Centre

Originally intended to be backpackers-style lodge accommodation, a shop and divided teaching spaces. It uses rammed-earth wall construction on the lower level, providing a cool area for teaching rooms and shop. With the top level being light wood construction in similar vein to eco cabins. It naturally is a curved design on the floor plan facing the natural curve of a neaby water hole.