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

PlaceMate is trustworthy. If they say they’ll do something, they do it. The finished product makes us all look good. Some architects are really expensive, and the owners have to wait a year to see them. PlaceMate gives just as good a service, quicker and at a reasonable price

Nathan Forbes Rise Constructions

PlaceMate Architects made my house into a home – my home. It’s the little things about this space that make it mine. From the display cabinet in main entrance to the pink hatch I requested in the bathroom, this space has been transformed to suit my needs. The team came up with suggestions that they presented in a way that was easy to visualise. The process was quick, the communication was clear, and their imagination was invaluable.  

Alaska Montford Owner

I have been working with Jan on small and large projects for over 15 years. These ranged from small extensions to very complex projects, one which was awarded the Master Builders best renovation over 250 k and the quality and workmanship award. Working with Jan has always been a pleasure, and despite whatever difficulties a large renovation throws your way, Jan always displays the ability to work though it, providing the best result and a pleasurable working relationship. Jan’s designs are practical, efficient and work for the needs of the client. I can speak for this as Jan designed my home in Camp Hill.

Stewart Harris Builder

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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