Paul Butterworth Architect
AWS Building Services
Nestled within one of Brisbane’s inner city suburbs is a new two-storey home on a long narrow site. The house is modestly scaled and filled with natural light due primarily to a generous semi-outdoor double height volume at its core. Large hardwood sliding doors with flush floor sills fully retract behind walls to express the house as a threshold deferring to the front and rear garden spaces. Masonry wall fragments were threaded throughout the site to create touchstones: seats, benches, privacy screens, security barriers or as sculptural blades to disguise the garage or to create an entry. Exterior block work was continued internally through the public areas to heighten the ambiguity of already blurred boundaries between external and internal zones whilst providing thermal mass to temper the sub-tropical climate. The scale and refined finish of the full and half height honed blocks communicated the sophistication and texture necessary to juxtapose against the dominant rendered block walls of the neighbours. The ‘Nickel’ colour also works beautifully set against the recycled grey iron bark, polished concrete floor and white gloss cabinetry with a discrete 100 series wall internally dividing the entry and study.