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Ephraim Island, Gold Coast, Australia

The Project
The Ephraim Island consists of 21 villas, 14 beach houses and 348 apartments – home to some 600 residents. A 115-berth marina provides yacht and power boat enthusiasts with mooring facilities.

Villas and Units are generously proportioned, with a strategy of using natural daylight throughout the interiors. Villas feature courtyards built around the idea of flexible walls where Pilkington EverGreen™ tinted glass significantly helps cut solar loads. The glass also provides an appealing aesthetic that contrasts plain white walls, natural materials and finishes.

A continuous glass façade was achieved through windows and sliding doors that could be opened regardless of wind direction and weather. They are characterised by full-height glazing with electronically controlled glass louvres on the west-facing side of the building. Rising to the challenge of finding a point of differentiation, the designs incorporate some very clever material selections. The ensuite walls for example, made completely from 6 mm Pilkington Texture Glass (toughened for safety) not only allow natural light, to the bathrooms but as the walls are thin some valuable wall space over tradition solid walls is saved. Bathroom walls were made of acid-etched Pilkington Optifloat™ Opal.

Ephraim Island’s main appeal is a standard of architecture previously unavailable on this scale in this part of the world, together with pleasant, elegant, light interiors.
  Project ReferenceGL_PR0001
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Project Details
Address
Ephraim Island, Gold Coast, Australia
Opening Date
2008
Building Type
  • Residential / Domestic
About the Architect/Installer
Architect
Mirvac HPA
Installer
Lidco, Hennessy Glass and Aluminium, Hughes and Hessy, Bradnam; Mirvac Constructions