The Brunswick house is a collection of three buildings around a central courtyard space. The structures are built at different times, serve different purposes, even house different families, but all occupy the edges of the site and face into a shared space. The brick paved central courtyard with its external fireplace and chimney unites and makes sense of the collection of buildings, through the use of a unifying material.
Unlike the houses around, which generally sit within their sites and set back from boundaries where possible, this perimeter occupation and courtyard are a surprise in the Brunswick context. The central courtyard contains facilities shared between the three buildings: vegetable gardens, fruit trees and chooks.
The kitchen is a space between the reconstructed brick boundary wall and a new brick chimney. The kitchen storage and work spaces are housed within these brick elements; the structural nib walls of the boundary wall house the pantry and a small desk, inbuilt seating rests on brick nibs and the main work bench has a brick kick and sill. The use of face brick, a material that can be used both inside and outside, allows the courtyard spaces to feel as important as interior spaces.