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2016 Houses Awards: House in a Heritage Context

House in a Heritage Context Bayside Fire Station by Owen Architecture 2016 Houses Awards

Jury comment

Bayside Fire Station is an outstanding project. Constructed in 1938 as a fire station, it operated until 2004 when it was acquired as a residence. As noted in the heritage report accompanying the entry, it is a modest, functional civic building that plays a prominent landmark role in the street. Its strong symmetry, solid facade and austerity have been well understood by the architects in this brilliantly understated conversion.

A series of compelling drawings in three-dimensional format illustrate the design intent of the project and the very sensitive responses to the varied aspects of the original building. The architects have lucidly described both process and end result, from formal compositional interest through to the impact of change on the place and materiality of the constructed project.

The design path taken by the architects has resulted in a finished project that not only retains this rare example of prewar Queensland civic architecture, but also creates for a contemporary family a high-quality residence enriched by its past.

See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.

Award House in a Heritage Context is supported by the Heritage Councils of Victoria and New South Wales.


Owen Architecture
Project Team
Paul Owen, Michael Lineburg
Builder The Proper Building Company
Cabinetry and bathrooms Daniella Rowles
Engineer Westera Partners
Landscaping Dan Young Landscape Architect
Site details
Location Brisbane,  Qld,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Heritage, Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 22 Jul 2016
Images: Toby Scott


Houses, July 2016

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