Heritage building ensemble seen from Petrie Terrace

Heritage building ensemble seen from Petrie Terrace

 Northern-Rivers-Beach-House-Byron-Bay | North-Eastern Facade

The low semi transparent fence works as buffer between the offices, courtyard and footpath.

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 BEFORE

BEFORE

 BEFORE

BEFORE

 Each office suite has its own entry and private front yard.

Each office suite has its own entry and private front yard.

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 The glass facade mutates from a visual protection during the day to nearly dissolving during the night, where full emphasis is given to the brick facade behind.

The glass facade mutates from a visual protection during the day to nearly dissolving during the night, where full emphasis is given to the brick facade behind.

 The privacy glazing graphics take reference to the heritage building ornaments and create a playful pattern in the morning sun.

The privacy glazing graphics take reference to the heritage building ornaments and create a playful pattern in the morning sun.

 The tinted glass facade along the front verandahs creates a strong contrast to the heritage brick facade behind.

The tinted glass facade along the front verandahs creates a strong contrast to the heritage brick facade behind.

 At night the glass facade 'dissolves' and the heritage components are highlighted.

At night the glass facade 'dissolves' and the heritage components are highlighted.

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 Verandah and front yard before the renovation

Verandah and front yard before the renovation

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 The 'Secret Princess' of Petrie Terrace

The 'Secret Princess' of Petrie Terrace

 before and after image of the stairs

before and after image of the stairs

Photographer: Cathy Schusler

Princess row precinct
 

Location
Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Timeline
2017 - ongoing

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Petrie Terrace is one of Brisbane’s original suburbs established in 1842, with a selection of heritage-listed and unaltered properties still remaining. This building forms one of these rare projects that combined challenge and opportunity. While one of the four units had been transformed into a shop in 1929, those remaining were mostly unchanged from their original form, however, severely dilapidated. 

In considering the redevelopment of the entire site, in stage one the client aimed to convert the three-storey masonry terraces into contemporary offices. After allowing for common design requirements, this brought about some major challenges. Firstly, ensuring as much of the heritage fabric was maintained while updating core elements such as stairs and doors to meet current building codes. Another challenge was the negotiation of performance solutions for building certification to alter the existing building class from residences to offices.

Restoring and complimenting the heritage fabric with contemporary finishes fulfilled the requirements of the Burra Charter. Structural glazing was introduced to play with light, shadow, transparency, and privacy on this prominent historic façade.


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