HIGH­GATE HILL. BRIS­BANE

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - THE ARCHITECT - Margie Fraser

Ar­chi­tects of­ten get misty-eyed about Tor­breck, the strik­ing apart­ment build­ing that sits promi­nently on a ridge in Bris­bane’s in­ner-south High­gate Hill. De­signed in 1957 by ar­chi­tects A.H. Job and R.P. Froud, and com­pleted in 1961, the ground­break­ing mod­ernist block is home to many a design afi­cionado.

When ar­chi­tect Aaron Peters, of Vokes and Peters, and his wife, Re­becca Pouwer, bought their two-bed­room apart­ment there in 2012, they took the un­ortho­dox step of con­vert­ing one of the bed­rooms into a din­ing room. “Re­mov­ing the bed­room wall [and the kitchen servery] opened up the space and made the kitchen and din­ing area into one,” says Peters. Views can now be en­joyed from each of the rooms, in­clud­ing one to the west from the en­try por­tico cre­ated by ju­di­ciously cut­ting a hole into the wall of the re­main­ing bed­room.

Care­ful to keep the gen­eral lay­out in­tact, Peters raised the kitchen/din­ing area on a plat­form of par­quetry, cre­at­ing a “sunken lounge” ef­fect for the ad­ja­cent liv­ing space that opens to a nar­row bal­cony. “It was an ex­er­cise in how to de­tail and design the space as if the new el­e­ments were meant to be here,” he says.

Walls were painted white, and built-in join­ery and fur­ni­ture units in­serted along­side vin­tage Parker lounges. The kitchen is a pe­tite space that has been in­ge­niously fit­ted out with chevron-shaped black­butt cabi­net doors, fold­ing in and out of the space in a zig-zag ar­range­ment.

OP­PO­SITE page the “sunken” liv­ing room fea­tures parker lounges and in­built shelves and cab­i­netry. this page ( top) THE KITCHEN and ( far left) bath­room make full use of lim­ited space; ( above) the dis­tinc­tive tor­breck ex­te­rior.

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