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COOINDA Magnetic Island The Client named this house ‘Cooinda’ – an indigenous word meaning ‘a happy place’. It is an apt name for this contemporary beach house for a large and enthusiastic extended family on beautiful Magnetic Island off the coast of Townsville, North Queensland. The large accommodation brief of the home has been distilled into a simple architectural form and materiality that sites well in the context of a Magnetic Island street. The key design move was to create a central, double height ‘outdoor room’ around which all of the functions of the house are arranged. This space creates connections between all spaces, and also becomes a key social gathering space. The greatest success of the scheme is the way in which it works just as well for a couple as it does for large family gatherings.

Architect Counterpoint Townsville, Australia www.cpoint.com.au

Builder Gedoun Constructions Pty Ltd Townsville, Australia www.gedounconstructions.com.au

Photographer Matthew Gianoulis www.matthewgianoulis.com

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