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Canoe Reach Residence, Yeronga, Australia

Friday 21 Nov 2008

Down by the river

copyright: Brian Steendyk, photos: Christopher Frederick Jones 
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A stunning new riverside residence for Brisbane. 

This family residence is sited on a panoramic bend of the Brisbane River, engaging the hill upon which it sits to form a private retreat. Piecing the hill and ascending the stairs, a sequenced view unfolds: the parklands beyond, then the river below and finally the courtyard residence; a contemporary two-storey dwelling sheltered by a parasol roof. The courtyard embraces the notion of an outdoor room for family living.

The U-shaped plan surrounding the courtyard focuses attention towards the river and reduces the building depth for natural cross-ventilation. Living spaces feed off the courtyard level, as does the steel-and-glass living pavilion that reaches across the pool and cantilevers out to take in breathtaking views up and down the Brisbane River. Bedrooms are organised above the living spaces to maintain a hierarchy of privacy and provide uninterrupted views to the river.

The pool area and adjoining sheltering pavilion spill out onto a sculpted grass plane that forms a picturesque cascade down towards the river’s edge and boat pontoon. The result is a residence that employs architectural detail to define spaces and engages the senses, enhancing the occupants’ joy of living.

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