I have been struggling to make the decision as to which house I’d like to feature as the inaugural post of the House of the Month series. This is largely because I simply cannot narrow my many loved pieces of contemporary residential architecture to the point of one single favourite! It is rare, in fact, that I could name my favourite contemporary architecture firm at any moment in time, for I know that just around the corner – or just behind me – might be creeping some amazing until-this-point undiscovered design classic. But alas, we must start somewhere, and although I wanted to save an Owen & Vokes & Peters feature until later in the series, I just can’t get them out of my mind. So here we go!
I might say, that it was just as difficult deciding on an OVP favourite as it was an overall architectural contender for this category..! I feel that I may be doing a few OVP features, and with that in mind, will begin with my first: Four Room Cottage.
Four Room Cottage by Owen & Vokes & Peters
All photography by Jon Linkin
One of the perks of being Brisbane architects is that OVP often have the lovely task of rethinking iconic Australian architectural forms, so prevalent in many of Australia’s capital cities. This project is exactly that; the intelligent re-thinking of a simple workers’ cottage – which prior to the OVP intervention was constrained by the historic arrangements of space within and outside the building.
The Four Room Cottage project is approached in their typical considerate, creative, and methodic manner. Every aspect of the house has been contemplated with great sensitivity, so that in some instances things are simply repolished or repainted, essentially maintaining their original character and perhaps purpose. Yet in other instances, where necessary, architectural elements have been adjusted, removed, or added. These interventions are usually crisp, evident, characteristically OVP, and yet delicate, appropriate and fitting.
One of my favourite things about the catalogue of OVPs work in general is the careful approach to detailing, both inside and out. From the fine detailing of the interior custom cabinetry to their slightly obtuse approach to brickwork in the exterior spaces, it seems as though every minute moment in space has been considered with great complexity and thought. This project is no exception, and it is the detailing which gives it such distinct character and livability.
What a beautiful little foray in to some Brisbane history and contemporary design that was! Bravo OVP.