This new house, designed by Biscoe Wilson Architects, responds to the the subtropical climate, the steep topography (1:3 gradient), and offers views to the Mt Coot-tha forest. The elegant lightweight structure, split levels, and linear plan enable all spaces to take advantage of the natural light, cross ventilation and views to the landscape.
The G House presents as a modern single level dwelling from the front, complimenting the scale of the suburban street. The five split levels that step down the site facilitate zoning separation which accommodates the main residents and their extended family. Key aspects to this design include ease of access, connection with the pool level, and northern landscaping.
The house is relatively low tech, incorporating a steel skeleton and sustainably-sourced timber infill, lightweight claddings and linings, and prefinished steel for roofs and balustrading. Photovoltaic panels and solar hot water are incorporated on the north-facing roof. The house is well insulated, has wide overhangs to all openings and is designed to allow natural day lighting and cross ventilation to all living and sleeping areas. The main skillion roof allows for motorised clerestory louvres to enable passive control of convection heating and cooling. Colorbond steel has been used extensively on roofs, stepped fascias, flashings, cappings and rainwater goods to provide a sharply detailed and durable finish, resulting in the modern and sleek appearance.
The G House enabled Biscoe Wilson Architects to further investigate environmentally sustainable design (ESD) and the innercity lifestyle in one of Brisbane’s urban residential areas. All levels enjoy a connection to the landscape and views beyond as well as natural day lighting and cross ventilation.
Project Team | Robert Biscoe, Marion Wilson, Wilson Leung, Jessica Thurecht
Photographer | Anne Langdon Photography and James Anthony