This is the future of the Queenslander house. Just as the old houses addressed climate issues, today’s architects are taking a holistic approach in climate consideration and design. Houses are often only one room wide to improve cross ventilation and louvers, sliding doors/walls and breezeways are an important feature. Natural vegetation is left not only to provide privacy and views but to shade the house from the hot sun. Once again houses are raised to improve air flow. What results is a stunning home like this one by Andresen O’Gorman Architects. (Recently sold for $1.3 million AUD)
I found an email in my inbox yesterday titled "SHAMELESS PLUG" and I had to laugh. I mean, why waste time beating around the bush? It was from Gari who wanted to show some of his interior design work for his firm Jugendstil Designs. After a quick peek at his Flickr photos, I was quite impressed and delighted to plug his work. The photos included modern, retro and traditional. He does it all...and does it REALLY WELL. I've included my favourites below, but there are many more photos here. (It seems I must really like Gari's work - it appears I have posted his work once before).
Sylvie Becquet is another photographer I discovered in my internet travels. The photos on her website have such a wonderful simplicity to them, which draws your attention to the details of the objects featured and the quality of lighting in each photo.
I can across this wonderful house while checking the local real estate online. From the outside it’s a great example of a late 19th century Queensland house, wide timber tongue and groove walls, lovely pine floors and verandas to provide shade from the hot tropical sun. Inside it’s a sensitive modern upgrade that respects its heritage but has that wow factor. A central corridor with rooms on either side is typical of these houses. It helps funnel any breezes through the house. Homes were often raised off the ground to also allow the air to circulate. Here the under house space is taken up by more bedrooms and a massive games room. And the asking price? $2.69 million. It’s in a great suburb, has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a pool but it lets you know just how outrageous prices have become in my neck of the woods. Lovely …. but I’m just dreaming.