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Inspiration for a contemporary patio in Brisbane with brick pavers and a roof extension.

The Garden House Framed Vista

Contemporary Patio, Brisbane

The owners of this 1890’s timber cottage –an architect and an interior designer – created a dramatic extension that weaves from the remodelled existing house, through a new pavilion accommodating a hall, bathroom, bedrooms, dining area and kitchen, and into the back garden. An original quarter-bond brick fireplace “anchored” the old building and became the extension’s starting point. The new work artfully uses brick to respond to light while defining boundaries and social spaces, creating edges to perch, responding to privacy, and addressing the garden. The brick walls and floors are patterned with quarter-bond variations along with hit-and-miss (perforated) walling and open perpends (the vertical gaps between bricks), blurring the distinction between internal and external space. The brickwork, predominately in Simmental Silver along with reclaimed bricks, captures an architecture that is responsive, connecting to its place and environment. The handcrafted brickwork creates geometries and forms, contrasting mass with void to create a sense of lightness and connection to site. Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones (Elvis & Rose photo by Alex Chomicz)
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