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Gibbon Street: Integrating Open Design and Greenery with Classic Workers Cottage

AN old workers cottage in the riverside inner suburb of New Farm, Brisbane, Australia, the Gibbon Street house is a delightful contemporary home that combines the past with the present in a innovative and eco-friendly manner. The house was revamped and given a brand new interior that opens up to the world outside by Cavill Architects. With a series of concrete walls and sections added to the rear of the home, the new interior feels open, elegant and even charming; like a sequence of protected gardens where the line between the outdoors and the interior is exquisitely blurred.

Open spaces meet the classic workers cottage appeal at the Gibbon Street

Like with most other heritage homes in the neighborhood, the street façade of the residence has been left largely unaltered with even the garage getting a wooden face that adds to the timeless appeal of the house. As you step inside the home, the old yields way to the new as the fresh kitchen, living area and dining space melt into the courtyard and lovely green expanses. It is the lower level that contains the living space along with other utility zones while the upper floor holds the bedrooms and the small home work space.

Concrete, wood and white shape the color palette of the renovated house even as large windows and glass doors bring in a flood of natural light. A unique makeover that captivates you with its nature-friendly demeanor! [Photography: David Chatfield, Christopher Frederick Jones]

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View of the kitchen and the dining area from the garden
Wooden garage door makes sure that the charm of the street facade is left undisturbed
Converting the corner into a lovely reading and relaxation nook with custom seating
Deck on the upper level with a view of the neighborhood
Fabulous little seat next to the open window overlooking the garden
Open central courtyard spaces and gardens give the rear section of the house a relaxing natural appeal
Series of concrete walls and smart extensions shape the new interior of the Gibbon Street
View of the Gibbon Street from rear

Gibbon St. is located in New Farm, Brisbane’s “little Italy” – the rendered concrete structure is a nod to the building precedents set by Italian migrant settlers. It is an attempt to legitimize the conflict between the timber and tin workers cottage and the ‘Mediterranianised’ migrant housing that was a crucial part of the post-war settlement.

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Modern bathroom in wood and white with marble and riverstone
A touch of gold brightens the bathroom in white and wood
Controlled sunlight enters the house during hotter months
Lower level floor plan of Gibbon Street
Upper level plan of Gibbon Street

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