NA House

Fairfield

This Brisbane residential project emerged from the optimistic approach of a young couple whose Fairfield home was severely damaged in the 2011 Queensland Floods. The owners were determined to find a greater opportunity in the renovation process than a generic raise and restore approach would afford them. The scheme provides a revised arrival and circulation sequence; which in turn generates a clear public and private logic for the new home. The raised under-croft space becomes a robust masonry plinth to the upper living spaces. The initial intent to replicate the pre-existing deck was interpreted into the detail treatment of the upper level which disintegrates entirely above balustrade height on its north, east and southern perimeter.  A linear working wall contains all the fixed joinery, plumbing and electrical services to this otherwise uninterrupted open platform. The rear addition to the building is orientated north-east, housing the master bedroom and framing the external terrace below. The extension references the existing roof form, yet remains a clear departure from the original mild-mannered workers cottage.

Awards

2013 Queensland Architecture Awards – Brisbane Regional Commendation : Residential Architecture – Houses

2013 Houses Awards – House Alteration & Addition under 200m2


Testimonial

“We engaged Reddog Architects after being significantly flooded in the 2011 Brisbane floods. From the start they were fantastic to work with. We had a limited budget, design and construction time frame, but the team ensured us they would meet the deadline we were proposing by prioritising the project due to our circumstances… and they didn’t disappoint.

They met us onsite within 24 hours where we discussed the brief. We had some ideas but ultimately left the entire design to Reddog to develop. They provided initial concept drawings and ideas very quickly which we loved and met the brief perfectly. From there they started refining the design and finalising the detail of the project. We were astounded how quickly they progressed. The team kept us involved every step of the way and were always accommodating with our ideas and requests. They also engaged all other services required to get the project through council due to the demolition control restrictions on our property. Reddog Architects offered recommendations and provided quotes for these services which made the process very easy and stress free.

The Team, especially Graham, where very enthusiastic about the project the whole way through… it was as though it was his house. They were very thorough ensuring all aspects of the build were completed to the specified detail. That meant we didn’t need to have any awkward conversations with the builder. We have kept in constant contact with all the team at Reddog. And with our house winning commendations at a number awards, they were nice enough to invite us along at their expense… all great nights. I would definitely recommend Reddog Architects to anyone needing architectural services. They’re professionalism, competence and expertise made the entire process a rewarding and pleasurable experience. We would do it all again in a heartbeat”.

Nicholas Slabosz

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NA House - Reddog Architects Award Winning Architects Brisbane`

Sustainability

The under-croft space has multiple purposes, remaining flexible in design, giving the owners the opportunity to benefit from increased living areas that might have otherwise remained unused because of flood risks.  Careful design and the use of low maintenance, authentic materials was particularly important for these spaces. Through deliberate design choices, the overall result for NA House is a resilient, sustainable home.

Photography: Jon Linkins