Originally a grand Queenslander, Courtyard House suffered several unsympathetic modifications prior to our involvement. Presented to our team as a block of units, our challenge was to uncover and restore the house to its former identity whilst catering for an expanding young family. Situated on a dual access lot, the site presented several complications, including its steep topography. Some levelling and manipulation of the site was required to achieve a cohesive integration between the house and landscape which resulted in a double storey house to the front of the site and a single storey extension to the rear.
Linked by a corridor, the extension presents as a single-storey pavilion situated within a landscaped garden. The design of the pavilion maximises its connection to the outdoors with large sliding doors and high-level clerestory windows.
While materials characteristic of the traditional Queenslander were employed to restore the existing house, the extension adopted a more modern palette; creating a clear distinction between old and new.