New Farm, Brisbane
Jagera / Turrbal
Located in the centre of New Farm, the Heal Street residence is designed to be an adaptable, private family home.
The carefully designed Heal Street residence has adapted and shifted in its program to cater for four generations over its short life. The home was designed to alter and change with time. Loose fit spaces are designed to be tuned to a family’s need for flexibility for multi-generational living. The central communal space supports a “pin-wheel” of rooms for living, study and sleeping. The land rises from the street allowing the housing of cars to the lower level and the central community space to open on ground to the north-east. The north-east courtyard houses entertaining areas and a pool. Views to neighbours is carefully controlled for privacy. The kitchen flows directly into these external entertaining spaces. The mid floor communal spaces provide a high level of comfort throughout the year without being airconditioned. This is achieved through the application of a number of passive design principles. The central internal space is open to both the north-east and the south-west, oriented to capture the predominant breezes. Walls on each of these frontages peel away for maximum breeze penetration. The south-west aspect is provided with automated screening to control the harsh afternoon environment while allowing considerable views to the city during other times. And, at the centre of the pin-wheel, the central stair is enclosed in battens creating a screened transparency for view and breeze through the lower floor. Heal Street has been a test case for the practice in creating a sustainably adaptable and family-oriented spaces for our clients.