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A LIGHT TOUCH
Lighting is just as important to a home as its walls and floors, illuminating each room when needed, and helping to define particular areas susceptible to
darkness. In this coastal home, the ceiling features a collection of recessed fluid elements that provide light, either natural or artificial. They are used to identify
the different areas within the large open-plan space – the dining room, kitchen, living area, stairwell and balcony. Lighting is concealed in the sides and spread
evenly through the recessed zones. Natural light enters through two of the light scoops (above the stairs and at the balcony), creating passive heat gain.
Iredale Pedersen Hook (08) 9322 9750, www.iredalepedersenhook.com .
Fireplaces are no longer used just to heat a room; they can also be a design element that changes the look and appearance of a space. Here,
an orb-like fire hangs from the ceiling, almost like an unusual sculpture or feature piece. It stands out in front of a black-bricked wall and
neutral-coloured floorboards, creating a contemporary approach to indoor heating, and complementing the overall living-room design
and layout. Attention is drawn to the fireplace – which is positioned in the corner of the room – by use of a thick, grey curtain, which
helps block out the outdoor living areas and create an intimate setting.
This home was in the running for a 2015 Australian Institute of Architects Award. Hartree + Associates Architects (08) 9481 7119, www.hartree.com .au;
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