IRP Architects Project 5
The professional team at IRP Architects were approached by the clients to design their dream home on the foothills of beautiful Mount Cootha, Brisbane. Although the steeply sloped site posed some design challenges, IRP Architects was able to produce this stunning creation that looks simply incredible, while also addressing bushfire management requirements and Brisbane City Council town planning regulations.
The striking three-storey house features an impressive mix of concrete, steel, timber, zinc and stone, which all contribute to a low-maintenance, sustainable and bushfire-resilient skin. Customised solid cassette elements in three different tones of zinc were incorporated through specialised installation techniques. To emphasise the bespoke nature of this home, the superb Helidon ashlar stone base includes sawn-back, handcrafted, customised housings for communication and light fittings, as well as utilities such as the letterbox.
Ever innovative, this home is the first in Queensland to use Luminesque – a new concrete aggregate application producing a bright, natural glow in the dark that illuminates polished concrete driveways and outdoor areas, a clever inclusion for this bushland location.
Throughout the home, the specialised high-quality glazing systems are fitted with rain and fire sensors to address weather and bushfire risks. This one-of-a-kind design also allows natural ventilation to be drawn from the cooler concrete basement level to the upper-level mezzanine. Internally, clever sliding hideaway glazed doors provide an elegant and apt solution for a range of adaptive measures, including targeted climate control, acoustic attenuation, and visual privacy. These modern features ensure an innovative and functional home that will provide comfortable living for years to come.
The clients are delighted with how the outstretched wings of the home capture the breathtaking views, while the dramatic projections and interior voids articulate the house’s form, allowing daylight to penetrate the interior for natural warmth and light.
IRP Architects worked attentively to ensure the energy-efficient ventilation and the ideal orientation was augmented with state-of-the-art technology. This includes smart home automation, ducted air-conditioning, a generous wine cellar, a threelevel lift, and a roof sprinkler system.
Company director Nives Robinson has been designing inspiring, family-friendly renovations and new homes since she established IRP Architects in 1999. As a registered architect, Robinson brings a wealth of passion and experience to each
project, collaborating closely with her clients to achieve their vision.
Many of the homes IRP Architects takes on pose various design challenges, from steep slopes to minimal building footprints and restricted access, plus bushfire, environmental and sustainable design criteria. The team of dedicated architects are able to use these constraints to help form the exciting, individual results for each project and provide clients with their own personal dream home.
IRP Architects has most recently been named a finalist in the categories of Custom Built Home Over $2 Million and Innovative Housing at the Housing Industry Association (HIA) Awards. The company has also designed a number of award-winning projects recognised by the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) Australia Awards.