Queenslander House Upgraded to Accommodate a Growing Family

Queenslander House Upgraded to Accommodate a Growing Family

Architects: Kieron Gait Architects
Project: Indooroopilly Residence / Queenslander house
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

The sloping site looks out over a regenerated silver and lead mine to the south – a bush setting in suburban Brisbane. To accommodate a growing family, the brief adds additional living space and bedrooms to the 3 bedroom high set Queenslander house.

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Aiming to take advantage of the large site and unique outlook, a new lower ground plane is introduced that both extends the level garden area and alters the outlook of the house to the visually preferred Southern aspect.

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Living areas are relocated to the ground level, connecting to the garden and releasing the upper level to the domain of the children. A subtle split level living arrangement offers differing engagement with the site. The lower spaces hinge around a raised planter, which brings a deliberate and detailed landscape to the residence, in contrast to the distant natural vegetation.

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A double height space brings light into the Southern facing rooms from above and gives an elevated status to the distant views as one progresses vertically through the house. Materials – concrete, timber and glass are selected and located appropriately for a robust home that the family can enjoy without pretense.

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