Craig Steere Architects has been announced as the winner of the Australian Architect-designed New Home for Gallery House at the 2015 Trends International Design Awards.
Located on a picturesque site on The Avenue in Nedlands and overlooking the Swan River in Perth’s western suburbs, the home allows for the current and future needs of a growing family with four teenage sons.
With any urban site, it is always a balancing act to ensure that quality daylight diffuses into the interiors, while at the same time maintaining the privacy of the home’s occupants. “The orientation of the lot on an almost 45-degree angle meant that the layout of the building ‘blocks’ were considered to maximise the daylight into the front and rear lounges,” says company director Craig Steere.
The building’s longitudinal volume is organised in to two distinct pavilion forms oriented around a central courtyard. The entry pavilion houses the main living area to the ground floor and the main suite above, with both levels accessing river and suburban views.
The rear pavilion was designed to accommodate four boys – incorporating a large living room connected to an outdoor living area and four identical bedroom pods with separate external access. This not only provides the boys with spaces that aid their growing independence, it also maintains visual and physical connections to the main living areas.
A transitional gallery space accommodates a large kitchen that opens on to the central courtyard and swimming pool, and provides a central communal hub for everyone to come together for meals and quality family time.
A linear pergola structure creates a dialogue between spaces, fusing the pavilions together to provide a physical and visual link between indoor and outdoor spaces. This seamless connection is enhanced with the use of a Swiss system of double glazing, which maximises the visual connection and openings between the living areas and courtyard spaces via its ultra-slim framing system.
“The client had a keen desire for low-maintenance, robust materials to help maintain a clean and crisp looking home,” says Craig. “Materials were selected against this brief, with honed stone flooring, feature marble, acrylic bench tops and cabinetry door panels featuring throughout the home.”
The monochromatic palette gives the home a clean and timeless elegance, and allows the client’s personal style to become the forefront through styling and furnishing details.
Gallery House also received an award at the 2015 AIA WA Architecture Awards.
Craig Steere Architects
Photography: Jack Lovel