Willis Greenhalgh Architects have designed a conversion of an old heritage church in Brisbane, Australia into a contemporary home.
First a church, then a theater, and now stunning houses filled with light, the Bonney Avenue residence exemplifies the genius behind responsible renovation. After careful coordination with the local community, Willis Greenhalgh turned the aging building into not one but two beautiful houses. Listed on the heritage home register, it was crucial to maintain the building’s character without creating an undue impact on Brisbane’s cultural heritage.
Originally built in 1867, these incredible homes in Australia became slightly worn out and tired looking. Instead of demolishing them and wasting what valuable building materials were left, the designers gave them a carefully considered uplight that respects not only the cultural heritage, but also the surrounding environment.
Description from the architects:
“First a church then a theatre, a slice of Brisbane’s heritage has been saved from demolition and transformed into two striking luxury homes.
The existing buildings date back to 1867 and are heritage listed.
Extensive community and heritage consultation ensured the balance between conserving the integrity of the buildings, the subtle introduction of contemporary elements, and the relationship with the surrounding area.
Formerly a church and then a theater, this beautiful building maintains its historical legacy while creating a paragon of responsible renovation.”