The Princess Precinct | REFRESH*DESIGN

Brisbane / Australia / 2018

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The ‘Princess Precinct’ is a rare surviving example of terrace houses constructed in the 1860s in one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs. the building is listed as local heritage with the Brisbane city council, which provided a significant design challenge on top of the client’s brief.
Petrie terrace itself is a major road in the suburb, so turning the residences into contemporary commercial tenancies seemed logical. All layers of the building had been peeled back to its original condition and a structurally glazed façade was added instead. together with lifestyle graphics this minimalist façade provides privacy to the inside during the day, but offers exposure in the evening when the lights are turned on. the design joins all front yards to one communal space and includes benches and tables to encourage social interaction of the tenants and the local community which has resulted in a cross-pollination between all tenants including a gallery and the existing café next door.


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ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS: ReFResH*DesiGn:Erhard Rathmayr, Corinne Trang, Monika Obrist
HERITAGE CONSULTANT: Michael Kennedy
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: NGS Engineers
LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Seed Landscape Design
BUILDER: Benmar Constructions
PHOTOGRAPHY: Cathy Schusler

LOCATION: Petrie terrace, Queensland QLD, Australia
TIMELINE
: 2017/ 2018

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    The ‘Princess Precinct’ is a rare surviving example of terrace houses constructed in the 1860s in one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs. the building is listed as local heritage with the Brisbane city council, which provided a significant design challenge on top of the client’s brief.Petrie terrace itself is a major road in the suburb, so turning the residences into contemporary commercial tenancies seemed logical. All layers of the building had been peeled back to its...

    Project details
    • Year 2018
    • Work started in 2018
    • Work finished in 2018
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Multi-family residence / Social Housing / Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings / Refurbishment of apartments
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