Loo with a View

Architect Clare Design 1987 - shows how a building with a utilitarian function can uplift an important place. The Australian Institute of Architects recognied Kerry and Lindsay Clare as the 2010 recipiants of their Gold Medal.

The Clares practiced on the Sunshine Coast from the early 1980s and produced a number of significant buildings. They left in 1998 to become design directors for the NSW Government Architects Office, then became founding directors of Architectus, whose work includes the Queensland National Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Loo with a View was their only commission from Maroochy Shire Council. There are a number of works by the Clares on the coast however few are listed and a number have been altered or lost.

The criteria for local listing are here. see also our page for late 20th century architecture, in 2020, still a "future" project

Direct entry from the boardwalk

Entry view

Amazing views of Mt Coolum and Mudjimba Island from here

In 2020, nestled into the landscape

Sculptural ventilator by John Anthony Coleman

seating, lighting and sculptural ventilators were part of A Gallery by the Sea project

view and balustrade detail - view of Point Cartwright lighthouse

A Gallery by the Sea project co-ordinated by Maroochy Shire Council under the direction of Magdy Youssef -

creation of a major public space in the form of a boat

Ship-shaped deck with dorade vent showers

Bronze inlay by Sandra Johnson

sculptural tiles


Roger, This is the link to John Mongard's project website.


It has the original plan layout and photos. You may include some on the website,



Magdy Youssef MPIA (Fellow)

Adjunct Fellow in Urban Design and Town Planning

School of Social Sciences.

University of the Sunshine Coast