St Luke's Church Hall by Stephanie Keays Architect.
The renovation of the floor of St Luke's Church Hall is another great heritage project I have had the good fortune to be a part of. Built in 1910 and designed by my favourite Toowoomba architect, Harry Marks, I hope our contribution to its conservation will ensures its value for the Parish and the broader Toowoomba community for at least another 110 years!
Former Toowoomba Permanent Building Society 2 Russell Street Office Fitout: Russell Mineral Equipment (RME) formerly Cleary and Lee Solicitors by Stephanie Keays Architect
Laurel Bank Park is renowned for it’s beauty and it is a centrepiece of Toowoomba’s annual Carnival of Flowers. The heritage of the park and hall are is recognised through inclusion on the Queensland State Heritage Register. The new amenities by Stephanie Keays Architect, provide a modern facility that sits gently within this historic setting. With its modest scale and pitched roofs the design of the new Hill Street amenities draw inspiration from the adjacent historic hall, built in 1943 as part of the United States Submariners R&R camp.
Nestled amongst the trees along Hill Street this new amenities block at Laurel Bank Park is one of my latest projects, The materials and colours draw on a palette based on the early structures and buildings in this State listed park, ranging from the Commemorative bluestone gates, Croquet Club building (architect William Hodgen Jnr) and the adjacent former WW2 US Sub-mariners Mess Hall. The design references the forms and scale of these, and other early buildings, such as the fernery and houses that were once located within the parks grounds.
It replaces a c1970 basic painted blockwork building and was designed to today's standards for safety and accessibility. Thanks to StruXi Design for working in partnership on this fun little project, with help from Dunn Moran Landscape Architects and Baker Rossow Consulting Engineers too. We like to think we have made a positive contribution to people's enjoyment of this Toowoomba gem with this upgrade, completed for the Toowoomba Region Council.
Lions Park Rocketship Refurbishment at Picnic Point, Toowoomba by Stephanie Keays Architect.
Harris House Feasibility Study and Project Management National Trust of Australia (QLD)
Harris House Toowoomba restoration and refurbishment by Stephanie Keays Architect
New technology has a role to play in heritage work as these stunning images from HNK Project Images of Harris House in Toowoomba. show. This usually inaccessible overhead viewpoint provides a unique insight into the original tradesman's skill in designing and constructing this complex roof. From below, the roof is an integral expression of the Queen Anne Federation style, and an important part of the in original builder Montague Ivory's ornamental embellishment in this special place. We are fortunate in Toowoomba to have firms such as Paul Spence Constructions and Paul Collins roofing with the knowledge and skill to work with historic buildings and details to ensure their ongoing conservation.
Self sustainable house at Mt Luke, South-East Queensland by Stephanie Keays Architect
Set on the escarpment in Mt Luke the house was designed with a robust industrial aesthetic, at a residential scale to ensure its longevity, ease of maintenance and ability to withstand the threat of bushfires.
The isolation of the site led to the requirement for the project to be self-sufficient for power, water and sewerage, including during construction. The design included a staged program of construction with complementary outbuildings built to incorporate facilities for solar power, water collection and treatment prior to the house commencing.
Jondaryan Woolshed heritage advice and assistance with application, new commercial kitchen and public amenities by Stephanie Keays Architect, Toowoomba