The Pirates Bay House is a small coastal retreat near Eaglehawk Neck on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsular. It has been designed primarily as an informal, intermittent use building. The clients requested a contemporary, steel framed building that made best use of an awkward site and brought the coastal aspect of its location into the living spaces. The driveway was an existing site condition, so the clients’ brief of being able to park under the building is fulfilled and interpreted to create physical drama and tension.
The building’s dramatic gesture toward the ocean is tempered by a more intimate dialogue with the rear of the site, thus symbolizing a bridge transition between wooded glade and open ocean view. Expressed structure and engineering are an intrinsic part of the architecture, correlating with the notion of the building as a hovering platform from which to experience nature. Architect, engineer and fabricator worked harmoniously to create a place where landscape, structure and space combine to become an exhilarating experience.