Renovating a Queenslander - how the old corner store melds home and work.
Macintosh St house was the original corner store for its area, and built to boundary on both its street frontages. It had seen many incarnations prior to becoming a family home for our clients. DC8 Studio were excited about the opportunity to update a classic Queenslander.
Having lived in the unrenovated property for some time, the clients wanted to be able to effectively utilise the whole dwelling and yard, whilst providing opportunity to work from home in a contained and separate space. The design needed to happily house a young family as well as a successful photography business.
Preserving a character home
We sought an outcome that protected the character of the original dwelling and its contribution to the streetscape. Utilising a similar approach explored in other studio renovation projects, the existing dwelling underwent minor alterations (including being raised in its current location) and a new pavilion was added to the rear. This extension creates new living and sleeping spaces that maximise the solar orientation, views and inherent qualities of the site. It also responds to the strong character architecture of the neighbouring properties, yet is expressed as a contemporary form, and isn’t limited by the constraints of the original dwelling, working to harmonise with it rather than mimic it.
The outdoor room
The pavilion addition was kept compact to maximise yard space and meet the constraints of local town planning. The built edge was pulled back from the northern boundary to ensure good solar access to the downstairs living areas and minimise the impact of overshadowing, as so often occurs on these closely spaced neighbouring small lots. The strong connection between interior and exterior enables natural surveillance of the garden and extends the internal living spaces. Spaces are open plan giving flexibility of use. The internal void between existing and new parts of the house brings legibility to the design and connection of movement between the floors.
The corner location facilitated the creation of two entries – one on Macintosh Street for the home business, and the other on Beard Street for private visitors. The private entry occurs in a two-storey void that acts as a threshold zone between the old and new parts of the house, and displays the connection point both internally and externally. Tucked under the existing roof form, it creates a transition and opportunity for the pavilion extension to be clearly articulated from the existing dwelling.
A double height outdoor living area creates a dramatic outdoor entertaining space to the rear of the property and frames the suburban vistas available from the upper floor. The folded form of the roof wraps over to privatise these areas from the long street frontage, protect from western sun and create a strong visual element on the streetscape.