East Brisbane House is the renovation and slight addition to one of the original workers cottages in East Brisbane. This original plan is still entirely intact above the line of the picture rail, but new work uses intricately detailed cabinetry and sliding openings to push and pull their scale to suit more flexible functions. This layering and operability gives occupants control of a gradient of light quality and ventilation even deep within the plan.
There was a conscious decision to leave the house in its original position just above street level to maintain the character of the street edge. This enables a clear difference in the experience of being upstairs within the old house and being within the new grounded space downstairs. The nostalgic qualities of being under a Queenslander are present here and there is a real sense of the landscape slipping in, under and through the new work.
East Brisbane House has been designed and built by architects as the architect’s own home, and frames the story of the practice’s establishment.
This history can be felt in the fabric of the inventive renovation, which also speaks to the architect’s deep understanding of the art of construction. An array of crafty interventions underpins a rich and engaging set of experiences.
The project is to be commended as a delightful family home and cherished as a landmark of this practice’s manifesto.
Lachlan Nielsen, Design Architect
Morgan Jenkins, Design Architect
Nicholas Russell, Graduate of Architecture
Tanya Nielsen, Interior Designer
Blackwood Collective, Carpenter