Oxlade House by Arkhefield

Oxlade House by Arkhefield

Architects: Arkhefield
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Year: 2009
Photo courtesy: Scott Burrows

New Farm in Brisbane’s internal city has experienced a time of urban reestablishment, adding a contemporary layer to a rural area noted for its customary character lodging. The Oxlade House is sited inside of a transitional zone between conventional Queenslanders and a blend of post 1960s lodging stock.


In spite of a diverse streetscape, town arranging codes managed that the house must embrace a Character Housing typology. This arranging imperative tested and grounded the customer’s brief for a striking contemporary construction modeling. Whilst the house has a non-]traditional expression, it deciphers and modified works customary typologies of a strong “center” with coordinated verandas, neat rooftop, and layered screening.


The driving ideas driving the house are “move” and “introduction” fortified by the rooftop as generator of structure and space. Snippets of unexpected move make contrast, where as snippets of consistent move make similarity or openness. The house investigates an assortment of spatial and experiential moves from open to private, hard to delicate, strong to channel. The scene and outside spaces are interlaced inside of the route and experience of the house. The separated verandah turns into a cradle to the raised lounge room as the first of a straight movement of spaces, from private contained rooms to open, connected with family spaces.


The contiguousness of the outside spaces consistently moves with and grows the family domain. The edges of every room are peeled back to re-orientate thoughtfulness regarding the pool, deck and garden.


The rooftop characterizes the spatial experience of the house, situating all spaces toward the north east open air zones, and catching administration zones at the edge limit. The intensely slanting divider and rooftop, frame an armature toward the south reacting specifically to neglecting issues, difficulty prerequisites and northern introduction. The directional expulsion of the rooftop adjusts to permit useful and relevant possibilities, constraining movements in extent, and thus, misrepresenting the rooftop structure.


The dynamism of the rooftop is a developing topic in a genealogy of Arkhefield’s work. The Oxlade House proceeds with an investigation into the rooftop as a subtropical defensive gadget, catching and characterizing space. Climatic reactions join with project and place, illuminating introduction and move.


These aide a directional dialect, for example, expelled roof, collapsing, wrapping or catching of rooms. there is little refinement on ‘divider’; dividers are porous, undetectable or moveable. By drawing from these logical conditions, a trip follows in deliberation and innovation, frequently offering surprising results.

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