Brisbane Open House
10 Donfern Street, Mount Gravatt QLD
Saturday : 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday : 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
General access and guided tours

The premise of the renovation was for the house to cater for a multi-generational family, living ‘under one roof’, and the residential dwelling is now split into 3 pavilions of varying uses. The pavilions are cleverly connected at varying levels, enticing the inhabitants with the previously forgotten, outdoors. Through an internal private courtyard, this void creates a theatrical village-like feel, as you experience users moving between the spaces. The final built form of the new extension, which wraps around the existing house, is a provocative interpretation of what residential architecture can achieve. It has created a greater sense of community engagement with neighbours and passersby on the daily, reinvigorating the somewhat conservative pocket, in Brisbane.

Moving to the property, from bustling inner city paddington in the early 90’s, the owners settled on this sizeable corner block. Drawn in by its accessible location and abundance of yard space, in Mount Gravatt, to bring up a small family. Just as Brisbane continued to grow over the years, so did the family, and so did the house. The functions of a big backyard to play, run and to ride a bike, had been fulfilled, and the busy lives of the maturing family were beginning to take a toll on their once kept and pristine yard space. Additions, alterations and updates, were only sporadic fixes over the years, to a dilemma the clients’ were unable to solve. Luckily for them, their daughter Chloe and her partner, Joel had started working together, running their own architectural practice, and had just come off the back of a successful new build completed in 2015, and Chloe’s parents entrusted them with new life and purpose to the 1970s house.


Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: Rolling tours throughout the day

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival, Great for kids, No parking in the carpark, across from the laneway - this is the cafe owner (kith’n’chow's) private property

Additional Activities

Refreshments available

Dress Requirements

No heels

Wheelchair access


Existing House mid 1970&80s; extension & renovation completed early 2018
Alcorn Middleton Architecture Office