Naranga Avenue House
A Queensland home paying homage to breezeblocks and the style of the 1960s. Naranga Avenue House uses an extruded Miro brick from Austral’s La Paloma range. The stunning white bricks are placed on edge to reveal the cores, making the holes – which are usually hidden – the centrepiece of the design. The bricks create a veil for the house, diffusing the activities within and bathing the house in cool, dappled light.
“Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architect stood out clear of the pack in the New House under 200 m2 category. The project has a sublime, ephemeral quality with a simple skin of delicate breezeblocks – a close collaboration between architect and engineer to make the modular timber frame and skin work with minimal steel.
This clear idea for shelter provides occupants with protection that shields the sun, lets breezes through the dwelling and mitigates the wet weather (turning heavy rain into a light mist) while also providing for essential privacy and security in the eclectic Florida Gardens 1960s canal estate siting.
The focus for the project then becomes the internal courtyard gardens, a transitional series of spaces that celebrates a democratic freedom in the plan – connecting and placing you in conversation with country, like a small village between forest and pool.” – Jury Citation / Australian Houses Awards
James Russell Architect:
Florida Gardens, a 60’s canal estate with leathery swinging grandmas and breezeblock houses. A great context… once tawdry, now an eclectic bunch living in protected indoor and outdoor space.
Extruded brick on edge; ugly holes make screen, protection from sun and rain, permeable, a place that’s private and secure.
Project name: Naranga Avenue House
Location: 31 Naranga Ave, Broadbeach Waters QLD 4218, Australia
Coordinates: -28.022601, 153.425041
- Type By Characteristic: Contemporary House, Green & Sustainable House
- Type By Site: City / Town House
- Type By Size: Small House – (51 sqm – 200 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Brick House
Project Area: approx 180 sqm
Completion Year: 2016
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: James Russell Architect – 192 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101, Australia
Project Team: James Russell, John Ellway, Ash Brown
Engineer: Josh Neale, Westera Partners
Text Description: © Courtesy of James Russell Architect, Australian Houses Awards
Images: © James Russell Architect, Toby Scott