Ranley

Quintessentially Queensland this Paddington workers cottages exudes all the typical charm of this prolific housing type: from the quaint picket fence to the well-established vines woven around the verandah post. On 126sqm of land, what this charming cottage lacked is space!

Translucent fiberglass was chosen as the wall cladding in this thin segment, facilitating an opportunity to capture the city view from the hallway upon entry, but most importantly, to bring light into the living space, the stairwell and the lower level master bedroom. Where one would expect the lower level to be dark and oppressive, light fills these spaces and reflects off the honed concrete and white walls, and when darkness falls, intriguing pendant lamps fill the voids, spatially and as focal points in the darkness. Night-time is when the house comes alive from the outside, this thin strip of building fabric glowing between the traditional cottage and solid form to the rear.

Translucent fiberglass was chosen as the wall cladding in this thin segment, facilitating an opportunity to capture the city view from the hallway upon entry, but most importantly, to bring light into the living space, the stairwell and the lower level master bedroom. Where one would expect the lower level to be dark and oppressive, light fills these spaces and reflects off the honed concrete and white walls, and when darkness falls, intriguing pendant lamps fill the voids, spatially and as focal points in the darkness. Night-time is when the house comes alive from the outside, this thin strip of building fabric glowing between the traditional cottage and solid form to the rear.

Insertions into the cottage are daringly black against a white background; slender lights in the cottage hallway, cantilevered PFC stair treads, textured balustrade and handmade hexagon tiles tucked away in the master ensuite. This black and white palette is softened by timber elements that balance out the more industrialized additions with warmth and tactility.