The owners of this 100 year old Queenslander cottage approached us to help design an extension to transform their tiny one-bedroom home into a 4-bedroom home suitable for a growing family.
While we were busy planning and designing the extension, we collaborated with the owners as they lovingly and painstakingly restored the original cottage with great respect to its heritage.
The extension was designed to impact as little as possible on the original building. A battened transition space with translucent roofing allows abundant natural light to filter through and brighten what would otherwise have been a dark interior. Its lower ceiling enhances the journey from old to new, opening out into a large living room with framed views through high-level windows to the sky.
Being an inner-city property and close to a freeway, it was a must to consider acoustics and privacy in the design and layout of bedrooms and living areas. The deck was positioned to face North and East, borrowing the mature Lilly Pilly tree on the neighbouring property for shelter and outlook.
As the first chapter of their planned renovation project, the owners of this 1960s modernist house wished for the design of their new kitchen to be at once discernibly contemporary and sympathetic to the architectural style of their home.
The mid-century context informed both the material palette of muted greens with subtle textures, as well as the decision to preserve the kitchen as its own self-contained room. The addition of new east-facing windows and the creation of a more open threshold to the dining room have resulted in a light-filled space that has become a favourite for Prince the mini-sausage to bask in morning sunlight.
A family home on a working cattle station in South-East Queensland. Perched high on a hill, the house captures magnificent views over the 255 ha property and the cattle that graze the land.
Status: Construction Commencing Soon
The owners of this Queenslander home wanted to reconnect with their once prized swimming pool that had fallen into disrepair. Bones Studio conceived a new pavilion shelter where it was possible to sit and relax and admire the surrounding pool, garden, and bushland beyond.
Structural Engineer: Sheehy and Partners Builder: Code Projects Pty Ltd Photography: Manson Images
The owners of this Queenslander home wanted to transform their tiring rental property into a modern family home to raise their young family. Typical of many original Queenslanders, the dwelling lacked a grounded connection to the outdoors - a place the family wished to spend more time. Views to the large north orientated backyard were only available via an uncovered, non-original deck that was unbearably hot and unusable in summer months.
Our proposal included raising and shifting the existing house to allow for an additional level on the ground floor. Utilising the block's natural fall from front to back was key to the initial master planning of the site. A split-level ground floor following the site's contours allowed the traditional proportion of the Queenslander’s street elevation to be maintained while achieving a dramatic double-height space at the rear of the home. This strategy also minimised the need for, and expense of, excessive earthworks and retaining.
The house has been zoned to separate quiet private spaces from noisy living areas. Bedrooms and utility areas are located at the front, while at the rear, large open plan living areas open out to the north orientated backyard and pool, achieving the owners' aspiration of a strong indoor-outdoor connection.
A clear distinction between old and new has been consciously made with regard to materiality and scale of spaces. The ornate Queenslander, respectfully restored to its original condition, is juxtaposed against the new extension's contemporary material selection and considerable expansion of space. At the transition from old to new, a perforated metal bridge bordering the side of a light and airy void delicately connects to the rear facade of the original dwelling.
The owners of this Queenslander home wanted to create a fun and inspiring environment to raise their growing family. Two key desires for the project were to create greater connections with the outdoors at ground level, while still taking advantage of magnificent views available from the upper floor.
The proposed internal layout of the old home has been reconfigured to locate living areas at the rear of the plan to take advantage of the Northern aspect. Here, a new void connects the existing, traditional, upper level with the contemporary lower level. Adjacent the void, a library space containing bespoke sliding doors is able to open completely evoking a verandah spirit and connecting with the canopy of an established mango tree. Below, the living areas can directly engage with the mango tree, garden, and lawn. An outdoor pavilion and pool are arranged around the perimeter of the yard creating a semi-private lawn for children's play, and ensuring that view corridors from the house are not impeded.
Status: Pool and pavilion construction commencing soon
Ben's Burgers West End
It was important with this project that the branding and space were not a replica of Ben’s Burgers in Fortitude Valley, but rather an evolution into a new, but inherently linked identity.
The outdoor dining area was inspired by nostalgic images of weekend sporting events; ordering food from a demountable tuck shop and watching the game from the bleachers with all your mates. Subtle details in tile setouts and greenery reference the previous space.
The first foray into hospitality of clothing store Apartment/Double Double owners and creators of A Love Supreme, Nick and Ben Chiu, Ben’s Burgers was the realisation of a long-standing vision: to create a clean, pared-back, but intimate space where the branding is integral to the design, and a strong sense of community and place within the laneway is achieved.
A playful office fitout for a New York based financial consultancy firm. Vibrant pops of teal were used as a signifier of communal spaces for informal work and socialising. The fitout includes an open plan work area, small cosy team rooms, a tech-heavy boardroom, private phone booths, and a striking block-colour kitchen.
Located in a basement on Elizabeth Street in Brisbane's CBD, inspired by the culture of fashion and sneakers experienced in Hong Kong, Berlin and New York, the space was realised as a series of apartment moments plucked from a vision of the dream bachelor pad.
The space was unfortunately lost in the 2011 flood.
A studio dwelling set in the garden of a beautiful Late-Victorian home. It was important that the building form and materiality take cues from the surrounding vernacular without mimicry. The zinc-clad studio atop a brick plinth is familiar to the area but form and execution is contemporary.
A large picture window with deep baffles has been designed to provide a large format view to the adjacent tree canopies, whilst maintaining privacy from passing foot traffic below.
Status: Construction Documentation Services: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, Tender and Construction Stage Services
A rear wing extension to a Victorian workers cottage. The proposal respects and maintains the heritage significance of the existing cottage whilst adding modern, open plan living spaces to the rear. The proposal also include a lane orientated Artist’s studio.
An entertainment pavilion built on top of an existing concrete bunker containing two large rainwater tanks. Taking cues from its robust foundation, the new structure is formed of timber board-marked concrete. A lush green roof disguises the pavilion from the elevated house beyond and provides a landscaped gathering space with views of Mount Coot-tha filtered through native bushland.
The space within contains a bar, billiard table, library and built-in lounge to enjoy a fire on a winter’s night. Large picture windows have been orientated to simultaneously afford privacy from the neighbour and capture framed views whilst two large concrete formed skylights receive dappled light from the eucalypt canopy above.