PHAB is a design and research focused practice that seeks out creative opportunities for architecture in projects of all types, scales and budgets. We specialise in small to medium scale residential, educational, interior, commercial and heritage projects.
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Enoggera, Brisbane, 2010
The extensive renovation of this post-war home was completed in 2010. The existing single storey weatherboard house was raised and reconfigured to accommodate the main living spaces on the upper floor. A new plywood-clad addition to the rear of the existing house re-orders the traditional post-war planning to create an open-plan space that maximises the prevailing breezes and takes advantage of the views to Mt. Coot-tha.
New Farm Bathroom
New Farm, Brisbane, 2010
This bathroom renovation, within a 1920s brick duplex in inner city Brisbane, celebrates the act of having a bath by giving-over the best room in the house to this important daily activity. The existing bathroom / laundry, adjacent a Northern courtyard, has been completely demolished (including floor and ceiling structure) and the space reconfigured to create a new shower / wet room, separate WC, laundry and new storage areas. The bathroom was designed around the simple idea that in this compact, urban site (the house and garden total less than 150m2) the lack of space can be traded off for opulence on a small, intimate scale. Hence, small quantities of expensive materials and fittings have been used to create a compact, but luxurious bathing experience. The shower and bath room open directly onto the tropical garden, creating an unexpectedly generous space. A custom designed timber door system utilises existing (but previously filled-in) openings. Sliding security and screen doors allow for the house to be locked at night, or while the residents are away during the day, to allow for ventilation during the summer months. New French doors mimic the original five-light window that has previously been removed from its brick arched opening. The bathroom itself is lined in striped tiles, mirror, bluestone flooring, and marble.
Manly House ‘Solar Verandah’
Awards: 2014 National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards: High Commendation ‘ David Eades Award for heritage and sustainability Jury citation: ‘A thoughtful project that replaces an intrusive addition to the heritage-listed house with a functional, free-standing verandah which is shaded by a roof formed from photovoltaic solar panels. The project provides inspiration for turning unsympathetic solar panels into a compatible visual element.’