Longfellow Terraces

Longfellow Terraces

Longfellow Terraces are an example of what the oft-discussed “Missing Middle” could look like in Brisbane – a sustainable infill-development for sensitive densification of inner-city suburbs.

Inserting additional dwellings into existing infrastructure allows more people to enjoy the qualities of these precincts rather than adding to the urban sprawl.

Inspired by the way in which ancient people used to live under trees for protection from the elements, the design genuinely connects the entire living floor to the landscape by providing sheltered and unobstructed spaces that are truly in touch with nature.

The spatial arrangement of the project takes cues from the functionality of “Sydney Terrace Houses”.

Three storey dwellings use the sloping land to fully conceal garages and driveway thus avoiding ground floor domination by garage doors.

Instead, the houses feature entry sequences similar to traditional ‘Queenslanders’ with the arrival of visitors at landscaped front yards, stairs, and verandas.

“Through a successful and vested relationship with the builder, the architect was able to collaborate and resolve common difficulties in developing a well design and affordable housing model.

The project is an exemplar for infill housing, demonstrating how higher densities can be successfully achieved within suburban areas through careful consideration of climate, context and liveability.”

Queensland Awards jury citation

Project Details

Project size – 375 m2
Site area – 840 m2
Completion date – 2018
Building levels – 3

Project Awards

Longfellow Terraces won the AIA Queensland State Award in 2019 as well as an AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation.

Project Team

Architecture and Interior Design


REFRESH*DESIGN [R*] is an award-winning Brisbane based architectural design studio committed to realising finely crafted contemporary architecture responsive to brief and context.

The practice has completed a diverse range of projects including houses and renovations, townhouses and apartments, commercial and hospitality projects.

The R* team is inspired by how architecture can shape a better society by enhancing the human experience.



Cathy Schusler

Cathy Schusler is an Australian photographer who regularly collaborates with interior designers, architects & other creatives. Her perception of art, design, and the built environment has been greatly shaped by both her Australian upbringing and her experiences living in Japan. These, combined with a love of nature, inform every aspect of her work.


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