Refinery House


Refinery House transforms a 19th-century heritage-listed building on the Brisbane River into a luxurious four-bedroom guest house. The project seamlessly integrates modern elements with the existing heritage structure, creating a captivating play of light and dark within a reflective and monochromatic palette.

As the office headquarters for Kokoda Property, the space has been converted into a comfortable home-away-from-home for the team, while also serving as a space for entertaining and showcasing their work. The approach focused on preserving as much of the heritage fabric and structure as possible, resulting in a harmonious blend of old and new.

Exposed brickwork, ceiling joists, trusses, and timber beams reflect the building’s past, while modern interior design elements are carefully inserted to complement the existing character.
The reflective surfaces used throughout beautifully mirror the textures and tones of the heritage elements, creating a magical juxtaposition. The attention to detail is evident in the stainless steel forms, burnished pearl black sheet metal surfaces, and expertly executed steel joinery.

Through consultation with heritage experts and local authorities, Refinery House was sensitively restored to enhance its heritage detailing and contribute value to the local context. The result is an extraordinary waterfront guest house that balances modern luxury with historic charm, elevating the experience for all who visit.


Furniture: B&B Italia, Space, Tom Dixon, Living Edge, MCM House, Rice Furniture. Lighting, Herman Miller, Living Edge.


Photography: Timothy Kaye


Traditional custodians: Turrbal people