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The brief for Corinda House was to create a low-maintenance home for two empty nesters. The home needed to be spacious enough to accommodate their children and grandchildren that visit often.

Corinda House has been built on a corner block within a new subdivision and thus, in order to achieve the best solar orientation, the dwelling has been pushed towards the southern boundary of the site. The positioning strategy provided just enough space for services to be concealed to the south, making the landscaped northern courtyard the central feature of the site and free of visual distractions. Through this positioning a welcomed outlook to the neighbouring park was also acquired.

Internally, a series of regular sized rooms are organised around a large central ‘double height’ living space. This open and inviting space acts as a communal gathering space within the house. Sliding stacking glass doors and high level operable aluminium louvres allow the living spaces to visually connect with the courtyard, while encouraging the house to naturally heat up in winter and easily breathe in summer.

Externally, the house was conceived as a modular/rectilinear volume under a large skillion roof. This was designed specifically to maximise the efficiency of its 6.2kW solar system and to efficiently direct rainwater to an underground tank for later use. The use of double standing-seam zinc cladding, polished concrete floors and feature-honed blockwork all bring a sense of solidity and timelessness to a humble timber framed home finished with simplicity.

“We will forever be delightfully reminded about your talents of problem solving, client reassurance, third party negotiation, persevering patience, brilliance of communication and design extraordinaire” 

Clients / Owners

Corinda, Brisbane
Greg Thornton Constructions
Kai Norman (MNCE Structural Engineers)
Mackie Consultants (Building Certifiers)
Cushway Blackfords (Hydraulics Engineers)
Stuart Beck
Scott Burrows Photographer