Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
SkylightVelux
Fixed Skylight
Wall CladdingJames Hardie
Axon™ Cladding
Mosaic Opal/Green Tiles - Gloss Finish Johnson TilesJohnson Tiles
Nordik Stone Bianco Tiles
TilesASA Tiles
Tasmanian Oak - Satin Finish Timber CeilingAustralian Timber Ceilings
WindowsDowell

Product Spec Sheet
Skylight
Fixed Skylight by Velux
Wall Cladding
Axon™ Cladding by James Hardie
Mosaic Opal/Green Tiles - Gloss Finish Johnson Tiles
Nordik Stone Bianco Tiles by Johnson Tiles
Tiles
Tasmanian Oak - Satin Finish Timber Ceiling
Windows
by Dowell

SAOIR House

REFRESH*DESIGN Studio for Architecture as Architecture & Interior Design

Saoir is a luxury residence formed around an existing workers cottage in a vibrant inner-city suburb of Brisbane.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Located on a small 256 m2 inner-city lot with overlooking neighbours and limited access to sunlight the project maximizes its connection to the outdoors whilst maintaining privacy and access to light, air and breezes – creating a residence perfectly suited for the Brisbane subtropical climate.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

The project is split into three distinct volumes, each linked and grounded by a concrete datum that forms a base for the plunge pool and feature stair. The centrally located and covered courtyard links the original cottage to the new extension, and through its generous double height space, allows vistas through the house, generating a sense of lightness and spaciousness. The extension, taking formal qualities from the original cottage, reads as a separate volume that addresses the rear street.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Contemporary additions are seen as an extension and evolution of the original, focusing on craft to shape the form and feel of the home. A muted tonality is used throughout, binding the spaces and reinforcing a sense of flow adding warmth through timber and joinery along the way.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Saoir is an example of compact inner-city luxury living, its restrained material palette, use of soft filtered light and minimalist detailing allow a seamless union between old and new, creating a climatically responsive, beautiful, and ultimately very liveable family home in a small space within the city.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

In its familiarly and warmth, SAOIR — the Gaelic Scottish word for carpenter becomes an expanded contemporary home, connected and openly engaging with its context, climate and history.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Team:
Architecture & Interior Design: REFRESH*DESIGN Studio for Architecture
Architects Team: Erhard Rathmayr, Monika Obrist, Llewellyn Griggs
Town Planner: Viva Property Group
Builder: Craft Building Company
Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

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