Glenrae was the family home of the prominent Brisbane Architect Sir Walter Taylor, most notably remembered through the bridge sharing his name crossing the river at Indooroopilly. The house, a locally listed Heritage Home, has been converted into a contemporary family home that celebrates the history while providing a sustainable long-term future. The architecture is defined by a series of pavilions and ‘curated courtyards’, mediates between old and new, light and heavy, transitioning across the various defining thresholds. A series of dramatic voids and carefully articulated skylights animate the space and allow the occupants to enjoy the existing home which is sympathetically juxtaposed with the new. A palette of stone, timber and a raft of traditional materials are balanced with the use of concrete plains that define the thresholds and accommodate the roof gardens. This is a house with moments of delight, a reinvigorated history and modern architectural expression, all carefully sitting in a heavily landscaped setting that respectfully references the spirit of the original home.


Traditional lands of the Turrbal and Yuggera nations.

Shaun Lockyer, David Langley, Ivy Verlaat for SLa

Westera Partners


Christopher Frederick Jones Photography

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