Brisbane Open House
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Saturday : 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday : 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Pre-booked guided tours only

This house is very much about being on the edge situated on an extremely steep site with bush reserve behind and expansive city and bay views to the front. The house is envisaged as being simultaneously cliff/citadel/cave/tree house. The powerful idea of providing both ‘prospect and retreat’ is pursued with numerous hermetic spaces deployed to balance the huge views and dominance of the horizon.

These include a double height book lined library, an art studio that engages directly with the bushland at the rear and a ‘grotto’ or cave that overlooks the pool and through the living room beyond to the city skyline. The courtyard of Bardon House on the main level platform is discovered after the ascent of the central stair that cuts through the house. The courtyard is at the heart of the main level platform and gathers the public rooms of the house in a way that echoes hilltop monasteries or citadels. On a pragmatic level the courtyard acts to bring in northern light, make a piece of level ground and enable single room wide planning for excellent passive ventilation.

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: 1 tour during the visiting slot starting at 10.30am

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival

Dress Requirements

No heels

Wheelchair access


Bligh Graham Architects