Highgate Hill House

Highgate Hill House

The design of the Highgate Hill House on its cliff-like river-side site delivers two potential dwellings on one site. The old is retained, and the new is conceived as part of the garden to it to accommodate contemporary life.

The project and site are like a microcosm of Brisbane, and the pressures facing us here. That is, the desperate need to increase densities while retaining the very fragile existing fabric of little timber buildings on steep slopes, and amongst big trees.

This design effectively delivered two potential dwellings on one site.

The old is retained, and the new is conceived as part of the garden.

The strategy was to keep the old house on the street, build the new structure behind linked lightly with a bridge / stair arrangement skirting a garden, and the building at the back  thereby has both northern aspect and southern views to the river, and connects positively to the garden on the lower, southern river side. The large poinciana tree was retained, at that level, and it becomes the destination on the south.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Client
Derek Hart and Georgina Clark
Location
3 Borva St, Highgate Hill, QLD
Floor area
400m²
Completed
2006
Original value
$500,000
Contact
Elizabeth Watson Brown