Dornoch Viewing Tower
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Dornoch Viewing Tower

Nestled into an existing A.B. Wilson designed heritage residence overlooking Brisbane CBD, this lookout tower makes the most of its views whilst complementing the historic site it sits within.

01. Brief

Describing their home as a 'series of pavilions', the clients were interested in finding a way to unify the house through the use of a viewing tower. JDA were tasked to design a three-storey viewing tower that could link the three levels of the house and its pavilions together in both function & form.

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02. Design Process

We tested many geometries & materials together with the clients before ultimately landing on the pyramid roof, continuous steel columns and semicircular form.

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03. Construction

The tower was designed as a kit of steel parts entirely fabricated off-site to be craned and assembled on site in to limit disruption to traffic. Because of this, accuracy in steel detailing was paramount

04. Outcome

The result is a slender structure that unifies the many layers of the house and ties the aesthetic of the newer pavilions (master bedroom & pool) with the heritage house. Within the tower itself are three unique gathering spaces to converse, play, and take in the panoramic views of Brisbane City.

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