This small family home sits on a 180m2lot in one of Brisbane’s older inner city suburbs: the tightly packed pocket of Petrie Terrace. The initial design discussions focussed on maximising the amount of useable open space for the site, while creating generous interiors.
The living spaces occupy the ground plane and here the events of everyday life connect with the street. Entering the house via a screened under croft the painted concrete and brick floor plane steps down, registering the terrain of the site. Brick walls exist as blades, posts, and screens, and fold in to seats and thresholds to demarcate edges. Exposed floor joist above communicate that the spaces exist under the housein borrowing from the ‘build-in-under’ typology common in the denser suburbs.
Central to this idea and the floor plan, the kitchen is paired with the carport. A large set of sliding doors opens to the driveway to access light and breezes, the concrete floor extending in to the landscape capturing the space as a part of the interior. Here, the dining table is regularly set outside for larger gatherings andfull width of the site is utilised making a small plan generous.