Disconnected from the ground and lacking the drama of a truly highset Queenslander, this historic Brisbane house floated impassively above the landscape in Sandgate. Flooding on the site negated the typical 'build-in-under' approach. After grappling with the existing disconnection from the landscape, raising and restoring this home introduces a poetic duality between a soaring aspect (that surveys the street and bay below) and a grounded linear wing to the rear (which creates a seamless physical connection to the backyard).
The design considers the building and site holistically. As the internal floor level falls to meet the yard, the garden in turn rises to greet it. This sunny northern yard is the ideal territory for a cricket match or future pool, whilst a leafy secret garden to the west shields the bedroom wing and a formal entry garden reflects the heritage streetscape .
This residential design for a young family seeks to redefine realms within the house and surrounds, for both collective experience and retreat. Flexible living spaces with a variety of scales and qualities are considered. The indoor/outdoor 'peninsula' room accommodates large gatherings of friends and family. There is a cosy ‘snug’ in the new private wing orientated towards the north for smaller groups. A generous study-cum-dressing room in the parent's wing retains the original high ceilings and VJ walls creating a flexible, third space for retreat.