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Cottesloe | Craig Steere Architects ARCHITECTS
The marina is surrounded by a vibrant
village activated with ample promenades,
shops and restaurants.
Responding to the specific aesthetic brief of
the clients, Craig Steere Architects (CSA) and
David Reid Homes worked together to create
this spectacular home, reminiscent of a Long
Island (or ‘Hamptons style’) beach house, with
an Australian verve.
The rectangular lot incorporated a seven-metre
slope from east to west, allowing for the entry
treatment on either side to be very distinct; the
eastern side is an intimate approach to the home,
while the western side opens completely towards
the beach views.
Combining generous proportions, fine detailing
and architectural expression of traditional
character homes, the design puts a strong focus on
creating interesting and inviting internal spaces.
Highlight windows run along the perimeter of
the west-facing main living, dining and kitchen
spaces, exploiting natural light, while a courtyard
also injects the spaces with additional northern
light. Large timber sliding doors stack away to
allow the zones to open out completely, thus
blurring the lines of interior to the exterior.
Custom-designed joinery, distinctive wall
panelling and white tongue-and-groove ceilings in
selected areas create dramatic living zones that are
bright and airy. The interior spaces have a strong
connection with the outdoors, with sheltered
exterior balconies and a classic poolside deck to
the central courtyard, overlooking the outdoor
Architectural elements such as expansive
rooms, verandahs, and prominent timber window
shutters underpin the Hamptons theme.
Accessed internally yet jutting externally, the
day bed takes direct inspiration from a Moroccan
lamp. The client had supplied CSA with a candle,
and a repeating pattern from the motif was
transcribed into laser-cut feature screens that
surround the day bed. At dusk, the day bed glows
like a lantern.
The resulting home sits impeccably within its
coastal Cottesloe location, boasting understated
style with subtle hints of Morrocan and French
design accents, bringing some of the clients’
personality into the spaces.
CSA Craig Steere Architects
Suite 10/219 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
Phone (08) 9380 4662
We b www.craigsteerearchitects.com.au
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