Originally built in 1924, this heritage Brisbane home presented a challenge for Hive Architecture. The firm were committed to find a way to extend the home to suit modern family living, while retaining the qualities of a traditional Queenslander.
‘Beautiful, usable family spaces were the cornerstone of the brief,’ architect Damian Goode explains. ‘There was a definite desire to restore the original character of the home, and build on this with contemporary features suited to modern living.’ The client also wanted to ensure that the final structure would retain a few of its original imperfections!
In short, it needed to feel like a home. To do this, the front portion of the house was retained in its original condition, while the rear section (containing the ramshackle kitchen, bathroom and dining area) was demolished and sensitively re-created, to make way for a contemporary communal living space. The new open-plan layout offers