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King of the hill

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This traditional weatherboard-clad workers’ cottage in Queensland was extended by architects Owen & Vokes, who preserved the home’s authenticity and accentuated the views.

Architecture, Housing, Owen & Vokes, Residence

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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