The Bramston Residence is located in the outer Brisbane suburb of Tarragindi and occupies a verdant sloping site, characteristic of the area defined by nearby landscape peaks.
This two level family home is arranged as a series of stepped internal and external terraces that re-make the landscape and modulate levels across the site defining areas of occupation through modest level changes. These terraces form the primary living spaces of the residence and are connected across a dynamic landscaped courtyard and pool area through generous full width openings. A linear circulation zone provides connection and functionality to these spaces.
The courtyard forms the primary room of the house with linked views through the residence and to the landscape beyond. This room provides ventilation and light to internal spaces and is a shaded leisure area for the family that is both generous and intimate in scale with views to and between living, dining, study and play areas.
A single unifying roof wraps both levels of the residence and finishes at tall open plan living, kitchen and dining space that forms both an internal retreat and garden terrace with direct links to landscape – a key factor for the occupant’s love of gardens. The upper level provides a private master suite and study with intimate connections to the lower living levels and discrete extended views to nearby parklands.
Externally, the building is wrapped in dark stained ply with the ‘carved out’ volumes of the courtyard and terrace signalled by solid timber lining. Expansive timber framed apertures allow the house to full open or close according to the climate. Full height stainless steel trellises span two elevations to tie the residence into the landscape and create permeable privacy screens. Internally, the floor is finished in dark coloured concrete with in-built heating for a home that is both a durable and flexible for a growing family.
2 storey dwelling, in ground pool, internal courtyard
220m 2 Gross Floor Area
Architect | Richard Kirk Architect
Structural & Civil Engineers | DEQ Consulting
Hydraulic & Fire Consultant | NBA
Contractor | Craft