The undercroft of a Queenslander is often the most comfortable place to be in the warmer months of the sub-tropics – a cool
shady space with battened edges to allow breeze to flow and a concrete slab to act as a heat sink.
This renovation celebrates the undercroft. A new living level under a Queenslander contains a series of connected spaces, Upstairs the original house becomes a private retreat, accessed via a timber lined stair that rises into the centre of the old each with their own character and outlook, but unified by the rhythm of the exposed structure above.
Upstairs the original house becomes a private retreat, accessed via a timber lined stair that rises into the centre of the old Queenslander. This space contains bedrooms and private retreat spaces for the family of six.
Bardon Undercroft House cleverly repositions an existing cottage, optimising aspect and unlocking a northerly vista across a significant adjacent landscape.
The architect’s careful calibration of the plan and section has enabled a generous dialogue with the street while maintaining comfort between private and public domains. Handling of the undercroft-like built form celebrates the character of the original dwelling while implementing a significant new program.
This project presents a notable precedent for the renovation of traditional Queensland housing.
Kieron Gait, Design Architect
Building Certification Consultants, Building Surveyor
Dan Young Landscape Architect, Landscape Consultant
NJA Consulting, Structural Engineer