K & T’s Place is the renovation of a traditional ‘Queenslander’ in a rapidly developing suburb of Brisbane, Australia. The house and garden occupy one of the last standing residential blocks in this area and the arrangement of the design works to defend the everyday workings of the family from proposed surrounding development.
The semi-enclosed extension forms a series of occupiable landings which sit under the canopy of a massive fig tree and allow flexible use and controlled connection between the living level and the artist's studio below.
Upstairs, very small interventions allow the plan to work as three 'streets' of varying levels of exposure and occupation, with connection front and back to light and greenery. Working predominantly with the existing structure, levels and slab of the house, the scheme plays on ideas of public and private in the family's daily rituals, and aims to celebrate small routines of preparation and retreat.