An Australian Home Relishes Sunshine With a New Extension
Designed by local firm Hogg & Lamb, a Queensland cottage known as B&B Residence has been thoughtfully extended with a crisp, new facade to better connect to its subtropical setting. Although the existing home sits at the street-edge of a steeply sloping site in full views of its neighbors, Hogg & Lamb have created the addition to not only feature a central courtyard, but also be built upon a raised ground plane—ensuring more privacy and meaningful connection to the communal spaces.
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Blade walls and double-height external volumes were incorporated to the new 4,000-square-foot residence to provide shade from the western sun.
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Carefully positioned thresholds reduce solar penetration and heat gain, while the courtyard increases cross ventilation.
The children and adult ‘zones’ overlap, yet are still well defined.
The residence has large, open spaces for communal activities, as well as pockets of more private nooks for quiet time.
"The restrained palette of materials highlights the essential qualities of nature—the blue of sky, the green of lawn, and the turquoise of water—in a heightened and serene atmosphere of calm," says the studio’s director Michael Hogg.
Typical features of Queenslander cottages such as skirtings, architraves and cornices were removed, so nature could become the visual focus, heightening the peaceful atmosphere of the home.
"The material palette, whilst restrained in its tonal range, is elaborate in the way that finishes are nuanced to reflect light, temper glare, and evoke tactility. B&B Residence explores the duality of a rigorous yet relaxed interior that fluidly and joyfully interacts with its subtropical climate and landscaped setting," explains Hogg.