Australian Institute of Architects - Commendation Residential Architecture 2011
Four thousand square metres of eucalypt-studded land fronting the River Murray demanded a house shaped by its quintessentially Australian location. Tectvs created a refined backdrop to a bigger stage where life is a timeless show that performs best to a respectful audience.
A longstanding client relationship enabled the design to evolve and the process to flow as easily as the river that defined its purpose and form. Stretching almost 40m along the riverfront, Morgan Shack presents itself as a viewing platform of two equal-sized wings separated by a central entrance. The ‘adult’ wing comprised large open kitchen/dining/living area, a master bedroom suite, and four guest bedrooms and bathroom. The ‘children’ wing was a mirror image of bedrooms and living space. The steel, glass and eco-ply profile drew its colours from the landscape and vegetation and was punctured by a series of ‘holes’ or openings which formed viewing portals so the river and environs were a constant presence inside as well as out.
Morgan Shack exceeded expectations as a project. From talks to design and to build, the final product moved beyond the page in an incredibly smooth transition. This level of co-operation is reflected in the final outcome. Hands-on engineer clients followed the Tectvs footprint to assemble the structure themselves and the mutual respect in this rare working relationship showed in the successful and rewarding outcome.
Morgan Shack is a river retreat that enables a relaxed lifestyle in a home away from home.