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Contemporary Workers Cottage Renovation

Contemporary Workers Cottage Renovation

Project: Contemporary Workers Cottage Renovation / Annie Street Residence
Architects: Refresh Design
Builder: Wendourie
Location: Paddington, QLD, Australia
Year 2020
Photography: Alanna Jayne McTiernan
Text by Refresh Design

Situated in one of Brisbane’s oldest inner-city suburbs the Annie Street Residence consist of a progressive extension to an existing 1920’s traditional high-set timber worker’s cottage. The underlying conceptual driver was to create two contrasting volumes joined via a semi-transparent circulation void whilst maintaining the street character and qualities of the existing house.


Contemporary Workers Cottage Renovation

Conceived as a bold dark double-storey rectilinear volume with transversing gable roofs the proposed extension consists of a new open plan ground floor kitchen, dining and outdoor living areas that provide an enhanced connection to the north-facing backyard and pool through large retracting doors. The upper floor contains a series of generous bedrooms organized around the double-height living space below which have elevated prospect to existing mature trees, the close-by hills and access to light and natural cross ventilation whilst addressing privacy and overlooking constraints from the adjacent neighbours.

Contemporary Workers Cottage Renovation


The dialogue between the two contrasting volumes explores a series of split-level spaces that offer up differing types of occupation and spatial experiences for the user. Visually, it is eccentric and in a lot of ways a lively departure from the quintessential worker’s cottage.

Contemporary Workers Cottage Renovation

dining area, REFRESH*DESIGN

Contemporary Workers Cottage Renovation




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