Created by bringing together layers of memories from the owners’ childhoods and their travels through adult life, Terrarium House by John Ellway was the stunning Brisbane-based finalist in the Single Residential Interior category at the 32nd Dulux Colour Awards.
Sitting halfway up the ridge of the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Highgate Hill, the cottage’s backyard is oriented perfectly towards the north. Entering from the footpath into a private world through a secure vine-covered screen, the former front verandah now contains protected external stairs. The timber framing, stairs and balustrades throughout the house are painted a glossy Dulux ‘Black’ for durability and continuity between the various materials.
The small house of only 100m2 is made to feel larger upstairs, with the walls and ceiling surfaces painted in Dulux ‘Natural White™’. The house can be adapted from season to season as required. In winter, a large painted timber panel slides to enclose the rear void. In summer, deep eaves protect the north side from the sun.
For a full list of the finalist and winning projects, visit the Dulux website.
Photography by Toby Scott