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PO Box 1170 Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006 Australia

 

 

 

 

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Cuneo House

Cuneo House

Bayside Brisbane provides an idyllic lifestyle with hills that slope down to the waters’ edge of Moreton Bay, renowned for its’ sailing conditions.  Our clients here have been long time residents in the area and were keen to build a house which took the best advantage of the spectacular water views, boating activity, the generally benign South Easterly breezes and further views to the bay islands and beyond.

However, the very steep site and statutory height constraints of 2 storeys and 9.5 metres, proved initially, to be very problematic.  The simple pragmatics of achieving views above the heights of adjoining houses, whilst respecting the landform, getting vehicular access from the street, accommodating a garage and making access from the lower to the upper levels relatively easy, came to inform the planning and sectional composition of the design. 

The house is essentially two separate structures. A large semi basement garage and storage level including for boats above, but without overlap in plan, floats a lightweight steel house of just 2 levels.  The critical link is provided by a compact stair and small elevator.  This arrangement allowed the house to sit within the 9.5 metres and 2 storeys above natural ground level height constraint, with convenient connections between the street level and the upper principal living areas, whilst respecting the existing house and streetscape.

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