B Residence by Tonic Design

Reflecting it’s Gordon Park locality, ‘B Residence’ designed by Tonic Design involved additions and alterations to an existing Queenslander home with a timeless contemporary finish. The clients’ brief was to create a home which maintained the integrity of the original structure with relaxed, modern functionality. This timeless design responds to the subtropical climate of Brisbane by elevating spaces and re-instating existing elements with new additions, uplifting the traditional Queenslander character architype. Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones.


The kitchen, dining and entertaining spaces were reconfigured, and the hallway wall partly removed to open living spaces and connect to the surrounding landscape and suburban vistas. The new layout provides places to retreat, spaces to gather, and enhances areas to entertain protected from the Brisbane climate.

The downstairs family room and entertaining space were slightly reconfigured, using corner sliding doors, with the intent to invite the outside areas in, maximising the underutilised space by defining the space around opening up to the pool and garden.

A new carport and entrance space were introduced to the streetscape, revitalising purposeful thresholds by activating interaction with the street edge. Bedrooms were revitalised to allow flexibility as interchangeable spaces for a modern family. The upgraded bathrooms display simple elegant finishes of stone and light tones, brass and timber lifting the existing service spaces.

his contemporary Queenslander home highlights existing heritage style whilst introducing a minimal palette of natural light materials and clean lines and proves that opening the communal areas of a house up can enhance characteristic values of the existing house and its’ period features. With existing art deco fretwork, high feature plaster ceilings complimenting the new details of bespoke neutral warm tones of brass and timber finishes, has created contemporary Queenslander for a modern family.

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