The McGovern Residence by Reitsma and Associates

The McGovern Residence is a 3-bedroom house measuring 302m² (3,251ft²). Located on the south-facing riverfront allotment in Mooloolaba, Australia, the house was designed by Reitsma and Associates and completed in 2018.

In an unusual move, our brief went against the typical trend. A lowest 3 bedroom home with one living room would set the agenda, this would be an exercise in quality over quantity . The modest size would not only allow for generous landscaping, but it would also ensure the new home would be of a manageable scale for the years to come, a special place to enjoy for a lifetime.

The built home may be modest in size yet is rich in thought, detail and specification. In contrast to the original lightweight workers cottage, this new home presents as a very permanent structure, anchored to the ground with an extensive use of Off-form concrete. The new home would use frameless glass and large volumes to capture the treed surrounds, maintaining its original connection to both the site and river.

The project represents a true collaborative approach with all parties taking hold of the batten and running their stage as hard as possible. A radical outcome for a radical client, a home to enjoy with family and friends, a truly breathtaking escape from the everyday.

— Reitsma and Associates



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