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2017 Houses Awards: House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2 – joint winner Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters 2017 Houses Awards

Jury comment

This alteration and addition by Vokes and Peters, to a modest timber cottage in Brisbane’s Auchenflower, is as much about what hasn’t been done as what has been done to the original home. The architectural language is derived from a celebration of the existing structure and the suburban context in which it sits.

Sensitively responding to the familiar language of the traditional Queenslander house, the new extension features an adaptation of the traditional battened back stair to form the motif for its side elevation. This element also serves as a striking graphic element that responds to the slope of the site and adds a memorable addition to the neighbourhood – especially important given its prominent corner location.

The house has been reorientated to the garden, with large openings at the rear of the house and a new sitting area overlooking the backyard. Internally, social connections are promoted by the design of interconnected living spaces that also allow for casual adult supervision of the children.

Showing restraint and elegance, this home is a n exemplary example of updating a house to suit contemporary family life while embracing and honouring the original dwelling.

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

Award for House Alteration & Addition under 200 m2 is supported by Asko.


Vokes and Peters
Project Team
Stuart Vokes, Kirsty Hetherington, Marty Said
Builder Bauen Constructions
Engineer Westera Partners
Site details
Site type Suburban
Type Houses
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 4 Aug 2017
Images: Christopher Frederick Jones


Houses, August 2017

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