Searching for a sustainable alternative to the urban sprawl, REFRESH* has developed a model ‘my gardenhouse’ of infill-development that sensitively increases density of urban areas. Located in a Brisbane inner-city suburb, this project is an example of how such a gardenhouse has transformed the often unutilised backyard into a multi-generational home to caters for different life stages.
Following the slope of the land, the sequence of indoor, outdoor and hybrid spaces offer either integration and connectivity, or separation and privacy, to allow for maximum flexibility. The neighbourhood is characterised by traditional Queensland cottage-style houses. In consideration of this context, the design embraced traditional materials, including corrugated metal, weatherboards and timber elements, while simultaneously expressing a contemporary shape.
To achieve the brief within a small budget and maintain architectural integrity, strategic direction was used to build a cost-effective and innovative solution by double use of spaces.