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2019 Queensland Architecture Awards
Last Update: 10 April, 2019

2019 Queensland Architecture Awards

Feather & Lawry Design have been honoured with a Regional Commendation for Small Project Architecture at the Queensland Architecture Awards – Darling Downs / West Moreton for our project “The BIG Little Office”. 

Thank you to our clients, Ben and Joy McHugh for trusting us to bring their vision to life. The project has transformed a ‘post war’ milk bar into offices for their financial practice, JEM Wealth. The maximum buildable width was a compact 5.8m wedged between the side boundary and an existing dwelling.

The original street awning was retained, and the shop was opened to the footpath with new glazing so that the entry and dual-purpose lounge and meeting room could engage with passing pedestrians. The soft southern light transformed the dark and stale original space into a light and airy welcome for clients.

The new additions extended the building by an additional 25m2 and is designed to recede from the footpath to retain the scale of the original shop and preserve the street character.

To offset the constrained footprint and limited opportunities for outlook at ground level, the new open workspace enjoys a lofty volume and high slot windows that look over the existing roof to the street tree canopy and wash southern light throughout the interior.

An office and second meeting room at the rear have been set back from the rear lane frontage to create a zone for carparking and landscaping that screen the footpath and soften the northern façade.

Through careful arrangement of spaces and consideration of volume all internal areas enjoy views of lush flora and active streetscapes despite the limited opportunities for external openings in the building fabric.

The project now advances to the Queensland State Architectural Awards in June.

The project was completed in 2018.


Builder: Wilson Building Services

Engineer: Kehoe Myers

Art Curation: Feather & Lawry Design

Photos: Curly's Shot Photography


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