ISSUE 22  |  Australia and Beyond

Urbane in Brisbane: Owen and Vokes Architecture

May 28, 2012 8:30 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Brisbane-based architects Owen and Vokes maintain a remarkably rigorous aesthetic in all their projects, using a palette of natural wood, vertically laid white tile, and louvered windows.

According to the architects, "We have a preference for making plain buildings with humble materials, that are free of mannerism; we value traditional architectural practice and building methods." The firm has also designed a "crisp, elegant, and functional" White House series for prefab company Happy Haus. Here are a few highlights from the firm's portfolio, to see more, visit Owen and Vokes.

Above: A look into the kitchen of the Four-Room Cottage.

Above: The veranda of the Chelmer Pool House.

Above: The front entrance of the Bulimba Boathouse.

Above: Two rooms in the Holland Park Sleepouts project in Brisbane.

Above: Shelving and subway tile in the bath at the Balmoral House.

Above: A dining area in the Red Hill House, originally a small cottage in the leafy suburb of Brisbane; Owen and Vokes expanded and refined the interior.

Above: White wooden panels connect the dining room to the kitchen at the Red Hill House.

Above: Windows in the Coorparoo House.

Above: The Kelvin Grove Bureau opens up to reveal a bit of stealth color.