Peter Roy & Associates
The Architectural Practice Academy is a firm of fresh and energetic architectural graduates who operate as a micro practice under the guidance of an experienced practitioner and governed by an industry board consisting of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Queensland Government Public Works Department.
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Wolson House Tea Terrace
Wacol, QLD, 2010
Located on a remote property, Wolston House is a stone and brick farmhouse built in 1852. The APA was engaged to design the Tea Terrace extension as a result of the masterplan that was developed with the National Trust of Queensland for the property. The intention was to expand the capacity of the National Trust’s current amenity, the majority of which encompasses a fortnightly devonshire tea. The western elevation of Wolston House features the brick ruins of the former ‘Childrens-Wing’. Rather than sitting over the remnant brick wall the Tea Terrace was placed within the ruin to respect the significant footprint of a past era. Whilst connecting with the existing verandah it stands alone as a new addition, not trying to reproduce the original architecture. Protecting the existing fabric of Wolston House from inclement weather was instrumental to the design of the extension. Stormwater is directed through careful detailing in the interest of long-term conservation of the existing building. Timber juxtaposes the existing materials of stone and remanent brick wall. Being mostly open, it reflects the figure of the former wing in a contemporary way, while retaining the Brisbane River view; a transparent solution that stands down from its predecessor.
Tambo Cultural & Community Centre
Tambo, QLD, 2009
This project was for the design of the new Tambo Cultural and Community Centre, formerly the site of the Woodies for Goodies general store. The proposal included four main building components; the old shed, retained and transformed into the home of the Arts Workshop, the Gallery, the Education Centre and a commercial tenancy. As an overall design intention the proposal seeks to engage the public while remaining sympathetic to the existing quality of Arthur Street. Public space is an important aspect of any town or city and the proposal focuses on creating usable public space appropriate for the township size, which directly relates to the main street; Tambo’s central public domain. The operable wall along the Northern courtyard enables the centre to determine the degree of connection, adjusting the space to suit a wide range of possible uses and activities. The internal courtyard provides outdoor space for the workshop with direct connections to the Education Centre and Gallery.
John Paul College
Daisy Hill, 2009
John Paul College Kindergarten project involved the construction of a new single classroom Kindy as an extension of the schools existing 2 classroom Kindergarten programme. The new building stands independent of the existing forming a shared play space between. The form and materials of the new building sits well amongst the Junior precinct of curved roofs and red brick. Every opportunity to facilitate play with the building elements has been sought with balustrades as blackboards, seats that become performance stages, gardens as vegie patches, windows as book nooks and plenty of colour play. The building incorporates both air-conditioning whilst being designed to favour natural ventilation which is the preferred option by the teachers. Natural light also penetrates into the interior via high level south facing louvres and a 3m X 2.5m Garden ‘room’ which is cut out of the otherwise rectangular plan. The garden can be seen from all areas of the interior and allows deeper light penetration into the plan and captures and filters breezes.