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The Brisbane suburb of Red Hill in Queensland is well known for its pre-Second World War tin-roofed workers’ cottages. The blocks are narrow, the streets impossibly steep and there is a unique, cosy charm to the neighbourhood. One building that stands out more than most is this striking home designed by local favourites, Owen & Vokes. The sensitive restoration – which involved bolting on a new ­extension in the form of two towers – reinvents the traditional cottage with a contemporary, bold new look.

The owner gave a basic but clear brief: “Respect…



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