Winner: 2015 AIA Regional Commendation
The Wooloowin House project consisted of a contemporary extension to an architect’s own home in Wooloowin. The original house was a simple cottage with a dated low-quality 60’s extension that had low ceilings, limited windows – and a dysfunctional layout.
BE Collective were commissioned by architect Terry McQuillan (Bureau Proberts) to provide structural and hydraulic design. We were involved with designing and documenting the demolition of the1960’s extension, and the construction of a new two-storey wing at the rear. Incorporated in the extension is a new kitchen, master bedroom and outdoor living space at the upper level. A gymnasium and garage at the lower level was connected via an internal staircase.
The structural design featured a steel portal frame that was crafted on site and craned into place, requiring some interesting details to ensure that it was aesthetically pleasing and could be easily constructed.
The hydraulic commission facilitated the seamless coordination of structure and plumbing, enabling maximum head heights.
The character of the original house was retained and enhanced through the use of sympathetic materials. The end result is an unassuming weatherboard clad extension that connects seamlessly with the original.
The project has been featured in multiple publications including Architecture & Design as well as Freshome, Bmag, the Contemporist and Archello, and received an AIA 2015 Award Commendation.