Contemporary extension to a character pre-war home
The Folkhouse, described as a contemporary extension to a character pre-war home, sits quietly atop the crest of the Balmoral Hillside. Pared-back and open volumes of the new home contrast theatrically with the ornate rooms of the original cottage.
With the existing raised cottage, The Folkhouse has been filled in with a brick base, which certainly adds a bold and contemporary texture to the home. The theme of brick stems from original post-war extensions that were of similar essence, offering a contrast resonant with the lightweight first floor.
The integration of brick into exterior paving helps to link the house, swimming pool, and a unique fireplace pillar together in this project. Notably, the brick extends from the interior of the home to its outdoor living area. Through this, internal feature walls and seating are created, working seamlessly, and offer a quintessential airy Queensland atmosphere.
In an extension which retains character, The Folkhouse is ultimately a simple home, with a simple idea about scale, light and occupation relevant to the inner city and concept of revitalising beautiful homes. To retain more of its soul, the project had limited excavation and resistance to being an entirely new build.