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Bardon (address confirmed when booking secured)




Gavin Litfin: Original house // Nielsen Jenkins Architects: Refurbishment

Year Built

1971: Original house // 2015-17: Refurbishment

Image credits: Cathy Schusler

This project is a renovation of a 1970's Californian Modernist style house by Brisbane architect Gavin Litfin. Both the clients and architects were keen to treat this project as a kind of heritage exercise, where small, subtle interventions could make it perform better for the new owners and the way they live.

The partial demolition of one small internal wall allowed the full expression of the “wishbone” plan, and let light in to the new reading lounge and fireplace which sit at the heart of the project. Colourfully tiled skylights scattered throughout the plan create dynamic moments that occupants circulate around, or pause beneath to take in the view of the sky above. New timber joinery throughout the project adds warmth and texture to the project and has been designed to re-enforce the existing axes of the plan and to both obscure and reveal the view at key moments.

This same idea of restraint has been used externally, with only two key changes to the building. The first is a new entry sequence that keys in to the existing plan and has been designed to give the clients an extra layer of privacy and to create a control point for security. The second is the slight extension of a small existing timber deck that was seen as a ‘nest-like’ structure that could step down to minimize its effect on the view and retain the feeling of the living room which hovers above the gully below.

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Pre-booked guided tours only. Visitors must be 16 years of age or over. No wheelchair access. No Photographs.

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