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Bullock de Barbera Architects were invited to design a contemporary residential addition to an existing ‘Queenslander’ in Newmarket, Brisbane.
The design and colour palette at the outset emerged from the concept of integrating the garden into the living spaces and creating a master bedroom with direct links to the tree canopy at the rear of the site. The gardens and decks are layered on the site also visually linking the new open plan living areas, with the rear landscaped garden now visible when first entering the home. A timber bridge connects the master bedroom onto an intimate upper level deck buried amongst the landscape, enabling more frequent use of outdoor spaces suited to Brisbane’s ‘BBQ friendly’, sub-tropical climate.
The earthy greens and browns in the colour palette emerged from this integration of garden and home.
Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne paint in Resene Hibernate on external walls was deliberately chosen to reflect the green canopy of the established leopard tree and surrounding terraced landscaped garden. Resene Bokara Grey was used both externally and internally to ‘anchor’ the overall colour scheme and provide a dark contrast to the natural clear finished timber windows, doors and decking. The decorative timber archways of the original Queenslander house along with trims and architraves were subtly highlighted using Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Half Grey Olive when paired with Resene Milk White which was used generally throughout the interior rooms and Resene Half Milk White in Resene SpaceCote Flat on the ceiling.
The planning strategy for the house addition involved maximising access to natural light and view to the garden while maintaining privacy from neighbouring properties. The addition of tall blade walls and angled battened timber screens to both front and rear living spaces provided an abundance of natural light into the interior spaces without compromising on privacy.
The upper floor mezzanine bedroom was recessed from the rear building face to enable sunlight to penetrate deeper into the living spaces and open the interior views to the sky and the established leopard tree in the rear garden.
Large sliding glass door and window openings at both ground and upper levels were created to provide a seamless integration between indoor living spaces and the rear landscaped garden. Additionally window placements were carefully arranged to maximise cross ventilation throughout the internal spaces with varying window types and sizes allowing for the control of breezes by the occupant.
The mature leopard tree in the rear garden formed the main focus of the rear living space design and involved maximising views of the canopy along with birds and brush tail possums which co-habit the tree.
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