Brisbane New Build Architecture (Built 2017)

Owner’s Dream – Taringa Duplex New Build

The challenge of the Taringa Duplex new build was designing a duplex on a small lot in the busy Brisbane suburb of Taringa. The two structures needed to suit all lifestyles and benefit from the beautiful surrounding views.


Site Condition

The lot is located on a steep sloping site in the suburbs of West Brisbane. Boasting spectacular views to the North and Brisbane city, this 480-square-metre small lot was uniquely shaped like a slice of pie. Lying atop a busy road and with a telephone pole running straight down the middle, the design of this duplex was no easy feat. The challenge included a 10-metre drop (four-storeys) from the front of the block to the rear.


Architectural Designer Solution

Taringa Duplex New Build

PlaceMate Architects split the property into two lots and designed two modern duplexes, each with a four-bedroom townhouse, double garage and family room over three-and-a-half levels. Despite the size of the lot, the two structures boast spacious high ceilings, plenty of storage and an abundance of natural light, air and flow. The striking buildings capture the city views and compliment the abundance of surrounding townhouses.

Our team of expert architects and skilled project partners created a solution that topped the state at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for the best use of a steep site over $250,000. 


Project Partners



David Maguire




Kelvin Krofton


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Client & Partner Testimonials

Thank you. I didn’t really understand the drawings, but now the house is finished I can see that you took my ideas and suggestions and made them beautiful. Everything is perfect. Every morning I say to my husband, I love this house.

Frank and Vilma de Silva Owners

Jan, you did a fantastic job translating our unformed ideas into a classy home, fulfilling all our requirements. We are most impressed that you were able to design such a unique and spacious home on a small block and yet one that blends in with the ambience of the suburb without being ostentatious. Your choice of building materials was inspired and the design incorporating the high ceiling in the living/dining/kitchen area impresses everyone who sees it. We also appreciated your no-nonsense, straightforward, approach to the whole project. Congratulations on a great job

Lola & Ian Binch Owners

Jan has a great eye for detail. Her plans are very comprehensive and she thoughtfully considers every aspect of how her clients will live within the space she designs for them. She specialises in period homes and homes with character.


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Best use of a steep site

PlaceMate topped the state for best use of a sloping site over $250000 at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards. The award was for the design of two contemporary townhouses built on a 500sqm site that dropped 10m from a busy road. All the bedrooms and living areas captured picturesque city views.


Best renovation $250-$500,000

PlaceMate took home the prize at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for the best renovation between $250,000 – $500,000. The winning renovation was a 1910 cast concrete Californian bungalow-style home in Indooroopilly. The design added a new wing and unified alterations undertaken in 50s, 70s and 80s.

Recognised in The Courier-Mail

PlaceMate’s skills were recognised in The Courier-Mail for our transformation of a Shorncliffe residence originally built around 1910.

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