Structure is inspired by local shearing sheds. The exaggerated repetition to make it more engaging.
The roof structure is inspired by the repetitive trusses found in rural shearing sheds
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Some people sit of plastic chairs in the shower. Others perch on the edge of a bath tub while shaving their legs. Our client has a large rock in their shower and the luxury of feeling bluestone on their naked buttocks.
The rock for the shower seat was sourced from a quarry near the glass house mountains.
The planning of the existing garden is based on a traditional spatial idea concept, where gardens are rooms, independent of setting, each with a focal point. The new house is the anti-thesis, inspired by the Barcelona Pavilion plan, a flowing, ambiguous spaces that are linked and overlapping, each with multiple exterior views.
The existing gardens had several strong axis which were used to site the house. The major rooms were imagined as porticos on the edge of the gardens.
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‘Fairholme’ was constructed for the Webb family in 1912. The house was one of five notable residences erected for well-to-do Brisbane citizens in the early 1910s. The high-set residence was perched above a rock wall at the crest of a hill overlooking the city. The Webbs moved into their new residence, ‘Fairholme’ in June 1912, borrowing the name from their old residence in Gloucester Street.
By building under and treating extensions as garden rooms, the original house is treated respectfully.
The original roof tiles are from France and have a been imprinted on each tile.
The original western balcony is incorporated into the new bathroom
To keep the scale of the original balustrades and make them a compliant height, a new lightweight handrail was added
The process of hand sketching is used to evolve design ideas, also to develop and test details like handrail treatments.
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Original post locations were retained to amplify the experience of being under a Queenslander
Traditionally, Queenslanders sat on timber posts above the ground
Inverted king post trusses were introduced, allowing us to create larger spaces, while retaining the original post locations
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The arch is a pure compression form, which suits brick. The geometry of the arch is extruded into a vault. The ceiling is made with curved plasterboard vaults intersecting at right angles.
The house was owned by the local church and was the home for the priest. This history and the existing brick arches formed the idea of the a monastic inspired space. We were inspired by the ceilings at Monastery at Novy Dver by John Pawson.
New cladding is inspired by the detail of the existing house, not the brickwork. The existing portico has large round columns. The extension is lined entirely in columns made from concrete pipe cut lengthways.
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The living areas were designed as part of the garden
This diagram shows how the walls in the attic are faceted to deal with the shifting location of the truss chords
Angus Munro (left) and Kim Baber (right) discussing the Attic Undercroft House at the Micro Histories Exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane. Artworks and artefacts are paired with buildings by six of Brisbane’s most exciting architectural firms in Micro Histories, an exhibition exploring the relationship between architecture, art, people and place.
The house is supported on concrete columns. They refer back to traditional round timber and square concrete posts, and they also avoid the need for cross bracing. Custom made brass light fittings at the top of each post are abstractions of traditional ant caps, used to stop termites.
Section detail through the perforated aluminum screens. The screens act as a rain screen, sun screen, insect screen and security screen, so the house can be left open.
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