Homes in the traditional sense have a clearly defined entrance, and are linear in their program. Wright Feldhusen Architects had a differing design concept for this Cottesloe site, however.
They wanted to create an intriguing vision for the double block, and sought to achieve a single-level dual courtyard to provide the growing family of four with visual connection to all areas of their home.
The project explores a courtyard model to create a private and secure environment. The plan is an ‘H’ shape that enables a north courtyard and garden with a south pool courtyard. It is intuitively divided into three distinct pavilions: a parents’ wing, a living area and a children’s wing.
Entry to the house is via a spatially compressed lobby to the right, which is characterised by an off-form concrete canopy and curved wall that feeds into the main living area.
The concrete roof cantilevers outside to form a covered external entry. Compressing the entry experience reinforces the surprise of the great living room that is saturated in natural sunlight, thanks to a four-metre ceiling with overhead windows, and large sliding glass doors.
The clerestory windows open to enable cross-ventilation, while the doors open up entirely to allow a pavilion to be formed between the two external living areas.
These encompass a grassed terraced front, and minimalist alfresco and pool to the rear.
A feature fence extends the width of the property’s frontage, which contributes to
the edgy but minimalist design of the home.