It's always wonderful to see incredible talent gain the recognition it deserves.
When Sunshine Coast architectural interior designer Mark Gacesa of Ultraspace and Ian Henry of Redland Bay luxury builders Stewart Homes jointly commissioned me to photograph the incredible Luxe Lodge project inland from Caboolture, the intention was already on awards submission. In fact, there was an imminent submission deadline approaching which meant post-production had to be expedited following the capture stage.
Arousing a sense of a seven-star hotel in many respects, this was a wonderful project to photograph; both internally and externally, including custom cabinetry and custom furniture, Ultraspace's incredible designs were simply breathtakingly and the quality of workmanship delivered by Stewart Homes was likewise superb. With so many design details that the photoshoot extended beyond two full days and views across the Glass House Mountains at the front of the property, it beggared belief that this luxury rural residence was the owners' weekender.
Months on since photographing the Luxe Lodge, I'm very pleased to say the project has deservedly received many accolades including a stack of awards handed out by the Housing Industry Association and the Design Institute of Australia.
These are some of the HIA/DIA gongs the project has collected:
- Queensland Interior Design Award
- Queensland Interior Decoration Award
- Queensland Kitchen Designer Award
- Queensland Kitchen Project Award
- Queensland Bathroom Designer Award
- Queensland Bathroom Project Award
- Brisbane Region Custom House over $2 million
- Brisbane Region Residential Interior Design Award
- Brisbane Region Residential Interior Decoration over $100,000
- Brisbane Region Custom Cabinetry Award
- Brisbane Region New Kitchen Design Award
- Brisbane Region New Kitchen over $50,000
- Brisbane Region Bathroom Design Award
- Brisbane Region New Bathroom over $40,000
With DuPont Corian used extensively in Ultraspace's design - featuring in the basin, bath surround, drawer front, integrated sink, shower wall, splashback and vanity top among other applications - The Luxe Lodge is also a finalist for the Corian Design Awards commercial or residential project of the year.
Of all the incredible features in this residence, which also include the master's suite's Juliet balcony (pictured above - closed and open), my two favourites have to be the sunken sunset lounge at the front of the al fresco area and the gorgeous rotating marble fireplace in the centre of the open living space.
The photoshoot involved the use of a couple of wide-angle lenses, a tilt-shift lens, a telephoto lens, an 85mm prime lens and a 100mm macro lens. The dusk hero shot of the front of the property (pictured above), which shows the exterior sunset lounge in the foreground and the marble fireplace in the interior directly behind it, utilised the new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens, specifically hired to ensure the entire width of the residence could be included in the frame, with my camera about 8m in the air up a pole and remote capture taking place using CamRanger and an iPad.