This Thirties California bungalow within the Brisbane suburb of Toowong was in nice situation as a constructing, it was simply too small for the household of 4 that owned it. They wished a semi-outdoor dwelling and eating space that might be utilized in each winter and summer time, a second storey that might act as a kids’s wing. Lastly, they requested some reference to their Greek heritage be woven into the ultimate design. To grasp this imaginative and prescient, they engaged architects Alcorn Middleton.
Owing to structural issues encountered prior to now, the unique constructing was stored as is, apart from minor beauty updates and an replace for the principle rest room.
The foremost architectural prospers have been left to the again of the home, the place a brand new rear sequence was required to attach the present home to the pool space. A concave characteristic ceiling covers the brand new indoor-outdoor dwelling and eating space, which sits between the principle portion of the residence and the pool. These ceilings work in tandem with the brick archways framing the pool, which could be closed off with 3-metre-tall sliding glass doorways.
‘As we have been very explicit in setting out the brick arches to line up with the bed room balconies above, we want the frames to the sliding doorways to additionally line up with the centre of every brick column,’ explains architect Chloe Middleton of the cautious structural choreography.
Atop this semi-outdoor eating space sits the youngsters’s bedrooms and a shared rest room, accessed by a big spiral staircase. Full-height louvred home windows open out to a view over the pool, with mid-height metal guards defending the drop.
Along with their apparent aesthetic have an effect on, the arches and ceiling contribute to the atmospheric drama of the area. The curved tunnel ceilings act like eaves, siphoning gentle from the rear of the home into the principle physique. The entire construction is designed to build up mushy, ambient gentle, with reflections of rippling water even dancing on the roof.
By evening the home actually lives as much as its challenge title, Toowong Lighthouse – its periscope-like chimney stands proud like a beacon above the rooftops!
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