Proposed Hamilton Hill Home Revamp to Exceed Typical Height Restrictions

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A stately 1950s brick residence perched atop Hamilton Hill with vistas of the winding Brisbane River could make way for a luxurious new home pushing architectural boundaries.


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The existing three-storey house at 15 Quarry Street sits in one of Brisbane’s most exclusive enclaves, but its owners have applied to demolish it and erect a dazzling modern rebuild in its place. 

Plans filed with the Brisbane City Council detail a design-forward dwelling oriented to capitalise on million-dollar river views through walls of glass and sprawling terraces.

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The existing house at Quarry St (Photo credit: realestate.com.au)

“The application seeks to demolish an existing post-1946 dwelling house and introduce a new dwelling to the premises. It is noted that the current dwelling is a post 1946 dwelling and therefore will not be subject to the requirements of the Traditional Building Character (Demolition Code),” planners stated in the application.

Hamilton Hill
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The proposed rebuild, designed by LVO Architecture, would soar over 9.5 metres in parts, exceeding the area’s height limits, though the couple’s consultants argue the design meets council requirements by terracing the floors to avoid exceeding three storeys at any point. 

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Whilst constrained by the existing property’s irregular shape, the architectural plans skillfully incorporate nine parking spaces, a new driveway entrance off Quarry Street, and retention of an existing rear access easement. Some side setbacks would be tighter than typically permitted.


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Photo credit: LVO Architecture 

The design team touts the use of “high quality” materials and that the home is “befitting of its setting” crowning Hamilton Hill. The council application argues the proposed residence meets key performance criteria despite the minor height breaches.

Behind this ambitious vision are owners Eric and Paula Steed, the couple who own multiple jewellery stores across Australia. 


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When not overseeing their retail empire, the Steeds split time between a $5.5 million riverfront apartment in Kangaroo Point offering “jaw-dropping” city views and their dated Hamilton Hill property they now aim to replace.