new home, completed 1996
design and construct
1996 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Award of Merit
This residence, sited on a small block was considered, by the jury, to provide a visually dramatic solution that skilfully captures river views over and around existing houses.
Externally playful references to the riverside location appear in the roof form reinforced by nautical material selection for light weight cladding and railings. Internally the home displays imaginative detailing and craftsmanship in execution to again reinforce this theme and maximise the river aspect.
The planning reflects a unique client brief, well-handled zoning and the impression of a larger house and land area. A skilfully executed commission with a contemporary aesthetic worthy of the award of merit.
There was a deliberate attempt to reflect the sites uniqueness within the building aesthetic.
The ‘wavy roof’ follows the height restriction down towards the river foreshore, the wooden panels along the street front are reminiscent of the almost extinct jarrah boatshed.
The northern elevation, with its masonry, buffers the residence from the traffic and noise along Victoria Avenue while still allowing northern light and winter sun to penetrate deep within the building. Sections of glazing allow the pedestrian or motorist a glimpse through the building to the river and beyond. The southern elevation with its extensive glazing pays homage to the overwhelming river view.
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