Archibald Street House

The Archibald Street House works a 3 level house around a central courtyard on a small lot in Brisbane. The upper sleeping level gains light through the introverted nature of the upper void, whilst the ground plane living level opens generously into the productive garden.

An expressed concrete structure is dressed in 3 layers of insulation (2 reflective, 2 bulk) to exclude heat gain in the long summers, and minimize heat loss in the short winters, leading to reducing energy consumption and electricity bills. Stained spotted gum ship-lap boards provides an external skin with effective thermal properties while continuing the timber tradition of the area. To the rear, a fixed garden bench frames a view of Mt Cootha over a fire pit.

Rising above the courtyard is a sculptural work by artist Fiona Foley, titled 'Bodhi Leaves' float mounted on a golden background that greets all who enter.

Images: © Toby Scott