Brisbane Open House Weekend 2013

Last weekend was the Brisbane Open House event. 

When I wrote about it on the blog last month, I was quick to put in my requests for the ballot and was fortunate to gain a place in the tour of Craigston.

My blogging compadre Anita from Fun and VJ’s came along with me and we had a grand old sticky beak around!

Brisbane Open House – Craigston

Craigston was Brisbane’s first apartment building, designed in the Spanish Mission style by Arnold Conrad, (original partner of what is now Conrad Gargett Riddel) and completed in 1928.  It was developed by a Doctor with a vision for creating consulting rooms with private residences.

First up was the basement studio of Landscapology – wow…, amazing!!  I have a thing for exposed brick, so I was in heaven here!  We were shown around all the nooks, crannies and features of the amazing space by Richard and Amalie who were perfect hosts and happily answered all our questions.

 

Landscapology Studio - Craigston.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Landscapology Studio – Craigston. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

We then ventured up in the stunning lift (think silky oak with concertina grill) to be shown into a beautiful space on level 7.  I thought I had been transported to New York as I entered this huge apartment.  I’ll let the photos do the talking as I was a bit lost for words.

Apartment at Craigston. Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Apartment at Craigston. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

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Apartment at Craigston.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Apartment at Craigston. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

Apartment at Craigston. Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Apartment at Craigston. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan
Apartment at Craigston. Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Apartment at Craigston. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Brisbane Open House – James Russell’s Brookes Street project

I’ve often admired James Russell’s designs (and wrote about it here), so to be able to listen to him speak about the processes and thoughts behind his designs was brilliant. 

I feel like I bang on a bit (to anyone who will listen) about designs for our lifestyle and climate here in Queensland, so it was comforting to hear James speak about how his designs blur the lines between inside and outside and I think they really push the boundaries of modern building and architecture for our balmy sub-tropical climate. They are amazing.

James Russell Brookes Street residence.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
James Russell Brookes Street residence. Photo – Eizabeth Santillan
James Russell Brookes Street residence.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
James Russell Brookes Street residence. Photo – Eizabeth Santillan
James Russell Brookes Street residence.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
James Russell Brookes Street residence. Photo – Eizabeth Santillan

If you ever get the chance to view the Brookes Street properties – there is a residence and a church – jump on it!

Thanks to the organisers of Brisbane Open House for 2013.  It felt like such a well organised event that created a great sense of community over the weekend!