House Alteration and Addition by Kieron Gait Architects

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House Alteration and Addition by Kieron Gait Architects

Architects: Kieron Gait Architects
Project: House Alteration and Addition / Bardon Residence
Project Team: Kieron Gait, Leah Gallagher
Location: Queensland, Australia
Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

The sloping site runs down to a lush garden to the West, where mature trees and outlook provide a beautiful protected rear garden. The clients, living in a high set Queenslander wanted to live on the garden level so that their young children can play outside without constant supervision and enjoy the garden.

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The Kitchen and living areas are relocated to the garden level where the verdant green backdrop of the garden becomes close and dominant. A carved void, reaching up through the upper level to a skylight draws the visitor from the front door down to the lower living spaces.

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The notion of living under the house is celebrated in scale and materials. The dark recessed service areas and naturally low ceilings provide a scale and palette that accentuates the green vegetation beyond, lit by the Northern sun. Frameless window systems allow a focused and unobstructed outlook whilst differing openings provide playful opportunities for the children to climb outside.

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The new materials and spaces are defined under a steel trellis that underscores the existing weatherboard house and allows the landscape to surround the edge of the house completely.

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