Stalwartly presiding near the meandering Brisbane River, Oxlade by J.AR OFFICE emerges from the late 1960s tower, a modernist beacon amidst the lush poincianas of Merthyr Park.
The essence of Oxlade's transformation is a symphony of renewal. The initial canvas called for an artful reimagining – a metamorphosis to strip away the layers of time and thoughtless additions. The architects embraced the challenge, birthing a spacious two-bedroom sanctuary from the confines of a once three-bedroom dwelling.
In a dance of design ingenuity, the segmented confines of yesteryears dissolved, giving way to a captivating space that breathes with the park's rhythm. Oxlade's living area stretches its arms, embracing the outdoors through operable sliding doors, as if extending an invitation to the neighboring park. A concrete dining bench, akin to an altar, welcomes the chef's creations, from coffee alchemy to gastronomic wonders.
Materials of a bygone era converge in a tactile tapestry. Vermiculite, mosaics, and the raw allure of imperfect concrete celebrate the building's structural essence, unearthing its rugged charm. A sleek black resin floor acts as a counterbalance to the textured white vermiculite ceiling, a duality of surfaces where stories of history and modernity harmonize.
Amidst the muted palette of Oxlade's interiors, a quiet reverence for nature unfurls. Like a muted canvas, the verdant park and the ever-flowing riverscape beyond become the artwork that adorns the space. Light plays its role as an artist, casting shadows that tell tales of the ebb and flow of time.
A surprise awaits within the enigmatic cobalt bathroom – a nod to nostalgia, a burst of color in a sea of subtlety. This vibrant hue, a tribute to the client's cherished memory of a childhood bathroom featured in the '90s, adds a vibrant stroke to the narrative, a testament to the power of personal connection.
More than a mere living space, Oxlade resonates with its occupants' essence. Like an evolving canvas, it invites personal tales and curated collections to weave into its narrative. It stands as a living testament that design transcends mere aesthetics; it molds itself to host the tangible memories of life's chapters.