Monday, 28 November 2011

Visiting Jacobi House

Jacobi House in Indooroopilly is what could be considered the modernist take on the typical Queenslander house. It was designed by Hayes and Scott Architects in 1957.

We visited this home when we did the mid-century interiors tour of Brisbane. The home is built on stumps, has a pyramid roof structure and wrap-around verandahs are used on three sides to capture the breezes. 

Jacobi House 1957

This is the original colour scheme of the house.
It is just a very simple box-like structure, set in amongst the trees near Mt Cootha. The land drops suddenly and when you are standing on the verandah, it is like being cocooned in your own private native forest.

Chatting on the verandah

louvre windows are used to capture cool breezes
There is one main dividing wall which separates the one bedroom and separate study from the main living area. The fireplace structure forms part of that dividing wall and marks the centre of the home.

Central fireplace and notice the VJ ceiling
It is a small home which is owned by a lovely couple who are relishing the challenge of restoring this piece of Brisbane modernism. 

The kitchen is located in one corner of the box

It was such a privilege to view this home. It is really something quite special.

If you are interested, you can see more images and read about the history and construction of Jacobi House here. edit: the old link no longer works but I managed to find the information via this link here.


  1. What a lovely home, ideally designed for the Queensland climate. The breezes would be fantastic. I love the wrap around verandahs and the VJ ceilings. We wanted to continue the VJ ceilings in our renovation/extension but it became too difficult so we just have them in the old part of the house. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. As F said, the house looks so well designed for the climate. I love that neat tidy kitchen.

  3. I am loving those louvers and could imagine catching the cool breezes with those and the lovely trees

    Have a wonderful day,

    loulou, from hereiamloulou blog


  4. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing Anita x

  5. Yes I agree with lou lou louvres always do it for me, they say tropics, relaxtion and instantly make me feel like a breeze is blowing, xx Katherine

  6. I really like it! It's so unpretentious.

  7. Many happy hours were spent in this house when I was a child. My father, Campbell Scott, designed it for the Jacobi family and in preparation we made many country trips for father to photograph the Queensland vernacular. In an era when mock Tudor was still the rage, it took courage on the part of the Jacobis to run with my father's ideas.


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