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Lockyer Residence / Shaun Lockyer Architects

  • 01:00 - 10 May, 2010
Lockyer Residence / Shaun Lockyer Architects
Lockyer Residence / Shaun Lockyer Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Architects

    Shaun Lockyer Architects with Arkhefield
  • Design Project Team

    Shaun Lockyer, Julie Lockyer, Justin Boland, Michael Carlotto, Lucy Haynes, Jacquie Maestracci, Kellie Morris, Neva Wethereld
  • Engineer

    Peter Ide, Westera Partners
  • Lighting

    Kitchen pendant by LAD, Wall fittings by Small Australian Projects, Living room pendant are Ikea and balance by Beacon
  • Builder

    Bruce Wales
  • Roofing

    Lysaghts, Zincalume “Spandeck”
  • External Walls

    “Shadowclad” painted
  • External Elements

    Paving and landscaping supplies through Gap Handyman Centre
  • Project Size

    Original cottage 95 sqm, new works 65 sqm
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The “Lockyer Residence” is a small, contemporary extension onto a post war house in Bardon, a heavily treed and hilly fringe suburb in Brisbane. The design looks to address two primary architectural issues, the first is about context and language, the second is about finding the “essence” of what is needed from an accommodation/ resource perspective in an effort to create a engaging but practical and economical outcome.

The extension is essentially a “pod” added onto the end of a post war house which, while largely leaving the original house in tact, allows for the overall outcome to be reprogrammed. The architecture is unapologetic in its overt, contemporary nature that sits in stark contrast to the original. Notwithstanding this bold move, the original proportions and integrity of the cottage are left in tact to preserve the virtue of both.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

The planning, layout and architecture of the space is about the family, the connection to the landscape and the engagement with the sky. The space was to address the cold winters and to allow for increased summer breezes, both of which were inadequate in the original cottage.

The extension was an experiment in achieving a qualitative outcome at a very low cost. The process afforded a relatively high degree of craft and joy in what is essentially a very simple, easy to construct little box.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

1. Conceptual Framework

The design of this house is all about creation of a simple, cost effective “pod” that needed to accommodate the needs of a young family that had outgrown the original cottage. The other core function of the extension was to improve the connection to the landscape, engage with the sky and to provide a more climatically comfortable place to live, using the minimum resources possible to achieve this. The space is about joy.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

2. Public and Cultural Benefits

The retention of the old cottage preserves cultural and architectural identity and more basically public expectation. The contemporary extension, while highly visible from the street, is partly concealed by the large tree on the site and gives over the landscape zone to the public realm. The house is highly animated at night forming a “lantern” that creates a sense of joy in the street for all.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

3. Relationship of Built Form to Context

The extension is a bold juxtaposition with the existing post war cottage. The form of the extension is highly contrasted while the material and colours play a more sympathetic role by referencing the vernacular. The extensive use of glass to the street allows for a minimal palette of materials to be expressed and reinforces the idea of old and new.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

4. Program Resolution

The need to be highly economical and sustainable, as well as being able to live in the house while building, determined a large degree of the planning. The extension houses the primary living area, kitchen and flexible room that functions as a study, guest bed and in the longer term, the main bed.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

5. Integration of Allied Disciplines

The outcome of this project is a reflection of a supportive and positive building process where the client and architect are one and the builder has had along association with the architect. Trust was there and the process allowed for boundaries to be pushed but in a cost effective and efficient way. The process was collaborative, experimental at times but cost effective and a great deal of fun.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

6. Sustainability/ Environmental Consideration

There was a concerted effort in this design to address first principal design as there was no budget for “bells and whistles”. By virtue of having lived on the site for 6 years, we understood the sun, breezes, views etc which allowed us to tailor the space to make best use of light, air and amenity. Recycled and FSC timber (mostly), energy lighting, high spec insulation and fans were used. There is no air-conditioning.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

Where possible the house has limited the use of applied materials. The ceiling under the mezzanine is the structural floor (as with the entry space) which not only shows off the structure but reduces the amount of resources used. The external cladding is also a environmental ply product rather than cement or fibre based product.

The space has also been designed to collect as much winter sun as possible to improve occupant comfort through the cooler winter months. All the material removed prior to building has been reused on the completed extension.

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

7. Response to Client and User needs

The challenge for this brief was to design a very small but sustainable space that could transform the use of a small house to meet the needs of a growing family. Allowing for flexibility in the brief and spaces to allow the house to “evolve” into the future was critical. Consideration of housing aging parents (abroad) and dealing with future needs of teenage kids all played a factor in the design, which so far is working out very well!


Artworks: Wall mural by Charles & Ray Eames (from Eames Office California) / Aboriginal work by Narpula Scobie Napurrula / “Yosemite” paintings in dining room by Felicity Parker / Living room piece by Shaun Lockyer

© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows
Cite: "Lockyer Residence / Shaun Lockyer Architects" 10 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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loosman · May 12, 2010

bruce, shaun - what does 'cost effective' say anyway? I heard that one can still build a family home for $900/ quadratmeter in Brisbane. I also know a family in Australia who lives in a house with total living area of 65qm....

architect, your words should match your pictures - one won't always be present to defence the critique.

Nick · September 27, 2013 09:22 AM

on ya loosman, your a goose.

sniper · May 12, 2010

big thumbs down

Rosli · May 12, 2010

I like this house!

CRISTIAN · May 12, 2010

Beautiful night picture!

Lindy · May 12, 2010

Great work Shaun! You and Julie must be very happy there. Perhaps we can use this as one of the QUT 2nd Year Architecture Exemplar Houses next year?! :) Hope you are well.

Shaun · May 17, 2010 04:45 AM

Always.....anything for you!

WPstudios · May 12, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten I&#39d Live Here: Lockyer Residence.

Nicholas Patten · May 12, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Lockyer Residence.

Bruce · May 11, 2010

I like the juxtaposition of the new addition and the reconfigurations of the bungalow, but it feels a bit large to call sustainable. The use of other adjectives is also a bit contrived: joyful - obviously the owner/architect is happy with his new design - it is beautiful; cost-effective - this hardly seems to be an economical solution given the high-end fixtures, fittings and finish materials used; but it is a commendable solution if in fact no air-conditioning is used in that climate. I was only in Brisbane for a 7-hour layover in late February, but it was very hot and very humid very early in the morning.

Shaun · May 12, 2010 02:51 AM

Bruce, thanks for the comments, it's always good to have feedback. With regards to size & cost, the extension is 65sqm (approx. 600 square feet) & cost AUD$1,900 per square metre, so by Brisbane standards represented a pretty cost effective outcome. Cheers, Shaun.

pom pom · May 11, 2010

Acertada simbiosis entre un diseño vanguardista y un entorno naturala. bravo shaun locyer architects! :-)

Poker Face · May 11, 2010

This house is a joyful. 'Joy in the street for all' is very admiring plan.

Well done!

Tonto · May 11, 2010

very impressi....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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