Located on a 405sqm vacant block in the inner city of Brisbane, the main advantages of this block was the 35 metres exposure to the north with no neighbouring houses near the boundary; and the mature existing trees.
The owners wanted to maximum natural light, feel connected with the outdoors and complement site by maximising the external space.
High ceilings with full height comfort plus glazing creates a balance with the width of the house which sits on a 12 metre wide block.
"Every room has a visual connection with outdoors each with a different perspective" - Glazing has been positioned to picture frame the sky or catch glimpses of birds within the branches of a tree.
The concrete floor captures the sun in the cooler months to warm the space with any overheating in summer escaping through a void, windows within the void can be left open 24 hours a day allowing fresh air to move through the upper floor.
Locating the pool to the north allows maximum usage and the recycled timber decking and portal framing helps define this space with the garden to the west.
The design allows the mature Jacaranda to continue to stretch her branches over the house by creating a 1.5 storey living area below.
The representation of materials both internally and externally creates a connection between the internal and external spaces - Face brick, granite and recycled timber transition with ease from external to internal.
A movable awning has been designed for the outdoor area to shelter against the hot summer and rain but also to open up the outdoor space to the sun during the cooler months and allow the sun to warm the house.
"On a small lot you don't want to compete with the external by maximises on internal spaces you don't need; in this climate outdoor spaces are used as often as most internal spaces"