Located in a post-war enclave of Yeronga in Brisbane's south, the site is neighboured by mild-mannered bungalows set amidst manicured and unfenced lawns. Archetypically suburban, the streetscape has an ordered and restrained familiarity. While seeking to conform to this context the residential design uses subtle tactics to subvert the expected as one moves through the building.
Formal and introspective, the house is perceived as a modest box from the street. Controlled openings and a defined garden entry continue in the post-war tradition. Once admitted into the heart of the site the scheme becomes more extroverted with considered use of angles and curves and expansive openings to the north and east. Generous openings frame layered views of an extensively landscaped yard, suburban roofscapes and finally, the Brisbane city skyline. A central courtyard defines circulation through the house and allows fresh air and natural light to permeate the house.
The public spaces of the house are split into two zones with distinct characters – an elevated outlook and a recessive retreat. The lower level steps down with the topography achieving a generous vertical volume which increases the expected spatial quality of under-the-house entertaining areas. The elevated prospect of the upper level is emphasised by the sloping site which continues to fall away from view. While spatial articulation has been the primary design driver, selective materials are used to further differentiate the experience of the upper and lower levels of the home. Primarily selected for pragmatic and environmental reasons, natural materials such as stone, exposed brickwork and timber also lend a warmth and familiarity to the clean, simple geometries.