Habitat on Terrace [H.O.T.] is a house designed by refresh*design and completed in 2017. Situated on a 760-sqm (8,180-sqft) plot in Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, the house has a total floor area of 560m² (6,028ft²).
This project is a successful example of medium density housing on an inner-city suburban block. The critical element informing the conceptual framework for the project was context, both the local context of the greater precinct and immediate context of the adjacent existing Queenslander onsite, which is reinterpreted not only in shape and proportion, but also in experience. The three rear dwellings repeat this concept to form a set of ‘glued together’ houses.
Being in a neighbourhood dominated by houses, this approach manages to retain the comforting scale for the individual and provides identity to each dwelling while still achieving homogeneity. Being a developer driven project, the feasibility hinged on the addition of the fifth dwelling on a mere 760m2 site which in turn tipped the scale in favour of value over cost.
Photographs by Roger D’Souza, Christopher Frederick Jones
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