Commendation for NQ Regional Architecture Awards from RAIA Queensland 2007
This extension and adaptive reuse of an existing 65sq.m “workers cottage” is located on the sloping foothill of Castle Hill in Townsville, with its land “battle axed” between seven neighbouring properties.
In response to this condition, the development forms a courtyard at the ground level and the upper level provides relief to the containment of the lower level by capturing distant tree and mountain views over neighbouring roofs.
The public spaces of the house include and pivot around a central outdoor room. These spaces open directly onto each other such that they combine as one continuous space.
The form of the old cottage remains unmodified and is juxtaposed against the mass of the separate new building. This juxtaposition is further reflected through the materials of the existing against the plywood, hardwood and zincalume materials of the new.
This project provides a relatively simple and raw solution, appropriate to the area and climate.