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Peter Van Rhyn of Sharp and Van Rhyn Architects
(SVR) designed this home in beachside Cottesloe for
his family. With two adult children, often away or
only staying for short periods of time, four double
bedrooms were called for.
The site is a narrow, 550sqm lot situated on the
protected side of the primary dune and rising away
from the street. This is typical of many Cottesloe
streets, with very wide verges and stands of
century-old Norfolk Island pine trees forming an
impressive street vista.
Important design criteria included taking
advantage of the beautiful street and the rear-
facing north aspect, together with avoiding the
common design solution of a long narrow house
with a garage door facing the street.
With these points in mind, Peter decided
to extend the budget and place the garage
at basement level, thereby opening up the
front of the house to the road. All bedrooms were
To bring light into the centre of the home,
a double-volume courtyard/atrium was worked into
the design, encapsulated by the roof and adjustable
aerofoil aluminium louvres to the west. This
provides light to the central stairs, and also allows
transparency through the home. The courtyard also
creates separation between the ground-level living
zone and bedroom zone upstairs.
Sharp and Van
Exploiting Cottesloe’s beautiful streetscape, this design employs
simple lines and materials to create a casual, coastal-style home.
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