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St Lucia House


Shane Thompson Architects


JBS Builders


National Masonry

Products Used:

Designer Range, Smooth Face - Alabaster

Building Contractor:

Lee Bricklaying Services

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Located on a site overlooking the Brisbane River, the St Lucia House is characterised by elegant and expressive resolutions of humble building materials, influenced by planning and budget restrictions. It capitalises on the river views by following the natural slope of the site and increasing in height toward the river, by means of a two-to-three-storey split-level section bound by a central lightweight stair. The home has a simple trapezoidal plan form with a conventional block veneer construction.

This house respectfully responds to its context in a strong but raw and maintenance-free manner, reflecting the colours and textures of the Brisbane River and vegetation. It contributes to Brisbane’s built environment as a strong example architecture that is contemporary yet cost-effective.

All the private and ancillary spaces are contained between two anchoring and datum-setting masonry walls. These walls are articulated by horizontally aligned, expressed split face patterning and protruding window hoods. Further expression is achieved by horizontally raked mortar joints with flush vertical joints. A lightweight Corten box slots in between the masonry walls and caps the house by folding up and over the living spaces.