The renovation of a Queensland house to serve as both a commercial and residential address in Paddington, Brisbane.
This project- the conversion of an existing house into a mixed-use commercial office and residence- presented many challenges, but ultimately resulted in the creation of two complimentary yet separate spaces for living and work under the one roof. The naturally steep slope of the land was utilised to create a levelled separation between the house’s elements- the top floor and office became focused on the existing street level, the middle floor and home on the view over the suburbs from the home’s behind, and the bottom floor as a car storage and park. The highly visible upper floor office and lower floor residence both respect and work with the traditional timber and tin nature of the building, but subtle differences in commercial and residential detailing also distinguish clearly between the two. The building plan further locates the public spaces of each part of the building to different sides, thus ensuring both visual and acoustic privacy between the residential and commercial elements of the building.
Project Team: Matt Cooper, Shawn Cooper
Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
Surveyor: DTS Group
Photography: Richard Waugh