Posted on Fri, 4 Nov 2011 by midcenturyjo

Steendyk is a Brisbane based design studio that brings a sculptural quality to their work. The practice is passionate about sustainability but also about exploring the beauty of a space. Elegant solutions to subtropical design problems. The first home is an inner city timber cottage that explores the past and contrasts it with the needs of the future. Indoor and outdoor boundaries are blurred. The second house also explores the concepts of in and out along with shadow and light, screen and privacy, penetration and passive solar orientation at the same time embracing Steendyk’s love of the sculptural.

Miss B says:

Looks great but hard to imagine anyone living in this kind of space. Too neat for me!

midcenturyjo says:

I thought I should just jump in and let some of our commenters know that even though you do not leave an email or a website when you comment, we (Kim and I that is) can see that your comments are coming from the same IP address. That's one of the back of house functions that we like about Squarespace our blogging platform. I can tell that Patrick Black and Kylie H used the same computer to make their comments and that Miss B, Rack Daddy, Jason, Athena S and Roderick Alvaraz have the same IP address for the 5 of them. Perhaps to save further commenters the embarrassment of being outed as the same person or a "group of friends" who share one computer perhaps they should desist or at last take the time to find a different computer(s) to use. Makes it more believable 🙂

Patrick Black says:

Very clever indeed. I can speak for Kylie and myself, we are friends and indeed used the same computer to log our comments. Can't speak for the legitimacy of the others.

midcenturyjo says:

That's why I didn't delete the comments Patrick. People have the right to say what they want and especially about their own experiences. Just wanted people to know what we know.

Roderick Alvaraz says:


The comment I posted is accurate and a true account of my experience. I am a fellow designer and admirer. The same for partner Athena.

Feel free to delete the comments logged for 'Jason', 'Rack Daddy' and 'Miss B'. While my junior staff have argued that they are legitimate remarks, I don't feel they are in the right spirit of things.

We are essentially competitors, however this is not considered appropriate.

Hope this clears things up.

We are fans of the site and do not wish to be banned!


Adam says:

The first house is pretty ugly from the back view. Not keen on corrugated iron.

I would be interested to know if that rusty looking screen on the second house is a permanent fixture or can be moved in order to see out the windows.

Anonymous says:

Love the selective editing of commentary on this site.

Desire to Inspire says:

Anonymous the comments removed were rude and derogatory (knob was one word used and although those who commented have a right to dislike the work they do not have the right to use inappropriate and unprofessional language) but more importantly the negative comments removed came from the same IP address and hence the same person or group of people banging their own drum. It will be interesting to see if any more derogatory comments turn up using your IP address seeing you are the one who noticed they were gone. I will keep an eye out for comments coming from your IP address of which appears to be a Brisbane IP address …. JO

Emma says:

Question….What is rude or derogatory about the use of the word 'knob'? Furthermore, is this not Brisbane based?

I guess freedom of speech is not considered appropriate either? I notice from the thread above that "People have a right to say what they want"…….obviously not the case.

Perhaps you should consider editing the language so as not to offend the sensitive reader.

Desire to Inspire says:

Emma, where we are based has zero relevance, and calling people names, like knob, is not permitted here.