Saoir is a luxury residence formed around an existing workers cottage in a vibrant inner-city suburb of Brisbane.
Located on a small 256 m2 inner-city lot with overlooking neighbours and limited access to sunlight the project maximizes its connection to the outdoors whilst maintaining privacy and access to light, air and breezes – creating a residence perfectly suited for the Brisbane subtropical climate.
The project is split into three distinct volumes, each linked and grounded by a concrete datum that forms a base for the plunge pool and feature stair. The centrally located and covered courtyard links the original cottage to the new extension, and through its generous double height space, allows vistas through the house, generating a sense of lightness and spaciousness. The extension, taking formal qualities from the original cottage, reads as a separate volume that addresses the rear street.
Contemporary additions are seen as an extension and evolution of the original, focusing on craft to shape the form and feel of the home. A muted tonality is used throughout, binding the spaces and reinforcing a sense of flow adding warmth through timber and joinery along the way.
Saoir is an example of compact inner-city luxury living, its restrained material palette, use of soft filtered light and minimalist detailing allow a seamless union between old and new, creating a climatically responsive, beautiful, and ultimately very liveable family home in a small space within the city.
In its familiarly and warmth, SAOIR — the Gaelic Scottish word for carpenter becomes an expanded contemporary home, connected and openly engaging with its context, climate and history.
Architecture & Interior Design: REFRESH*DESIGN Studio for Architecture
Architects Team: Erhard Rathmayr, Monika Obrist, Llewellyn Griggs
Town Planner: Viva Property Group
Builder: Craft Building Company
Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones