SHACKPALACE - Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia

SHACKPALACE - Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia


Frank Macchia

2 bedrooms/2 baths
From $350/night

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"Shackpalace holiday homes provide a unique experience, challenging conventional living and inspiring a healthy lifestyle with a focus on nurturing the mind, body and spirit. The holiday homes allow guests to experience living in small, nurturing and inspiring spaces created by the Shackpalace design studio. Every item that goes into the holiday homes have been carefully considered and designed by Shackpalace or sourced from like-minded artisans.

From the large raw timber gates, the external connecting deck, the dark bedrooms designed specifically for deep sleep and the open air shower with mountain views, this private sanctuary encourages calm, healthy, connected living. Instead of television and computers, enjoy beautiful sunsets on the deck, immerse yourself in a good book, or create a delicious meal from fresh local produce. The well considered layout of the home aims to encourage slow living where daily tasks are now carried out with awareness providing a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience. With two separate self contained levels, this home is perfect for two couples or a family with two teenage or adult children."

Per the architect:
"In line with the idea of encouraging slow living, by immersing ourselves into daily rituals, I have split the home into 3 separate areas…. 1. Living/Kitchen/Eating, 2. Sleeping and 3. Bathing/Dressing.  These rooms are connected by an external deck and generally under cover with enough adjacent open to sky, to enhance the sense of movement from in to out.  In addition to this, I have designed steps before each room/pavilion, to act as a continual reminder that you are about to enter a different zone, for a different activity.  I am aiming to minimize the number of mindless moments that occur as we move from room to room and function to function in our homes every day.  The added sense of stepping into a private and secure outside zone touches a raw and adventurous part of our soul – that similar feeling we get when camping.

Shackpalace also includes two further design concepts which question the way we currently build our homes. Firstly, it deletes the superfluous space and pares back a home to the bare minimum in size and ‘stuff’. The idea is that we feel more nurtured, relaxed and connected in spaces that hit the sweet spot between too big and cold, and too small and cluttered.

Secondly, Shackpalace adopts the philosophy of hand built perfection in the imperfection.  While most homes are built from materials synthetically processed from factories, Shackpalace takes us back to using natural materials in a way that accentuates the imperfections.  My feeling is that humans relate to this imperfection much better than perfectly pressed products from a factory conveyor belt, because we too are imperfect and not entirely symmetrical.

I hope this home inspires and lifts your spirit as it does to me each moment I have spent designing and staying in it." Frank Macchia



The color palette. Warm. Dark. Calm. Inviting.

The vibe. This house feels like a spa. Or like an old, earthy Japanese barn that’s been lovingly restored (even though it’s new). We want to stay here for a month and rejuvenate. 

The concept of separate pavilions. Rooms for living/eating, sleeping, and bathing/dressing are independent- connected by exterior decks that provide glimpses of nature and the sky. Low steps into the different zones slow down movement and enhance a sense of privacy. Beautifully orchestrated.


Frank Macchia has chosen not to register as an architect or to pursue awards in effort to remain free from institutional influenced thinking. He graduated with a degree in Architecture over 30 years ago.