A Queenslander Turned Multigenerational, Japanese-Inspired Home

Queenslanders are renowned for their traditional charm and high-set position, but less so their connection to the outdoors. When extending their home to better suit multigenerational living, the owners of this home in Northgate (nine kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD) saw potential to overcome this missing element. 

Recognising the under-utilised space beneath the original timber structure, the clients came to Arcke architects with a brief to lift the house and design a two-bedroom, self-contained apartment underneath. Designed for elderly parents, this apartment contains a generous bathroom (to accommodate wheelchairs), a concrete foundation prepared for a future elevator, bedroom, and laundry. 

Connection and separation became key themes of the project, allowing the family to lead independent lives but come together in mutual spaces. Arcke turned to Japanese architecture to accomodate – a style that provides surprising similarities to the typical Queenslander. 

Arcke architect Matt Kennedy explains, ‘In Japanese architecture, an “engawa”

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