Brett Lowe Architect

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Brett Lowe Architect
41 Wilshire Street DICKSON ACT 2602 Australia

Create your space around you: shape volumes with light: connect to your site through the dynamic interplay of function and form. Brett Lowe has 25 years’ experience in residential architecture, primarily with family dwellings but also with aged care facilities and embassies. Inspired by the challenge of sculpting beautiful spaces, he achieves a sense of timelessness by uniting the qualities of building materials, natural light and the seasonal path of the sun. From intimate and personalised spaces to the panoramic, Brett offers full architectural services for all aspects of your project: from conceptual design through contractor liaison to completion.

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House 41

ACT, 1998

2001 RAIA ACT Chapter Architecture Awards: Residential Award: House 41: Light-filled volumes carved into the existing structure opened it up to the sky and to the street beyond. The functional areas of the home are connected through the interplay of volume and void. Additional living space and entry are provided on the northerly face of an existing two-storey duplex on a site with a very restricted frontage. The level of interaction between the occupants and the street/park is defined by the shaping of a courtyard wall, landscaping and the placement of windows and the entry. A shaft of winter sunlight between oak trees rises vertically in winter, with roof unfurled to rebound morning sun. This element of glass communicates between the internal pathway and the street; marries the roof planes of different pitch; defines the volumes within the house; and frames a full moon. A void within the existing stairwell was extended to create a perch for viewing the world as though through a painting.

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West Pennant Hills, 2007

Finalist, 2008 NSW Chapter Awards: Brett Lowe in collaboration with Enrico Taglietti: The origin of this project can be traced back to the late sixties with a design for a house for Allan C Smith in West Pennant Hills. The current owners restored the house and requested to extend it. The addition of a separate pavilion was agreed upon to maintain the integrity of both the existing house and the new architecture. A connecting wedge was employed piercing the original volume that allows the new to be independent and enjoy a love affair with the old. A master bedroom, a dressing room and bathroom are all connected to the existing house via a gallery. The pavilion is designed to take advantage of the old off-form concrete perimeter wall of the original houses green compound. A mirror of water is embraced by the pavilion and gallery creating an interplay of form and light reflected.