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The owners’ vision for this family home was
a space in which they could easily entertain
extended family and friends throughout all
months of the year. After initial schematic plans
were devised by Mountford Architects, the
design began to draw influences from a home
by the prolific LA architect Quincy Jones that
was commissioned in the early 1950s by actor Gary
Cooper. The house was mutually admired
by the clients and architect for its free-flowing
plan of connected spaces that stretched
throughout the home enabling an environment
well suited to entertaining in a temperate
climate like Perth’s.
In a similar way to its Hollywood muse,
Mooring Road merges the desirable spaces of the
grand fireplace to a lounge room, the cantilever to
a kitchen and family room, and a courtyard and
pool to the dining and alfresco area. The overall plan
comes together in a rich living ensemble that people
inhabit with ease, infused with natural daylight.
Importantly, while reworking this classic for
a modern family, the notion of connectivity and
flexibility were of equal priority to the notion of
Hollywood charm. As with all good architecture,
the little nuances make a difference in this
home, whether it be the ability to see the dining
room and TV from the kitchen, or the subtle but
considered sight line to the pool’s edge.
Outdoor cooking and dining is enjoyed with
ease and most rooms look through to the next
creating a living experience that is simultaneously
suited to both family and individual requirements.
The well-finished nature of the house is
exemplified by the use of stained timber detailing,
polished stonework, and established plantings that
all perfectly combine to create a uniquely crafted
modern family home.
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