This new residence sits elevated on a ridge in Yeronga in Brisbane’s south. The site affords uninterrupted north facing views across the district, yet the steeply sloping ridge challenges the traditional house to landscape relationship.
Conceived as a ‘tri-polar’ design, the scheme recognizes three distinct landscape scales available from the elevated vantage point. The established gardens of the area (the most immediate and private landscape), tree lined ridges viewed across the winding Brisbane River (the suburban mid-scale), and the distant landscapes of Mt Coot-tha and the CBD as remote urban markers.
The program of the house is organised around an elevated courtyard (ridge) which transitions between the roof, floor and ground plane. The building form is conceived as a traditional gable roof that twists as it extrudes out, and up, toward the identified views. Whilst appearing as a lowset house from the street, the extruded form becomes three storeys as it steps down the site. An operable multiple storey trellis-screen shelters the western façade, and provides an ever changing face to the house. The material palette is intentionally limited to long-life and recyclable materials: brick, stone, timber and zinc.