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The challenges of designing living spaces over three
levels and conforming with council requirements and
neighbours' concerns fell upon the architectural talents
and skills of Gavin Lee from ICON Architect Designed
and Built. The design is a product of maximising the
potential of the site and satisfying the specific design
requirements to suit the clients' individual lifestyle.
On entry, guests proceed up steps and walk past
landscaped areas before being confronted with a tranquil
pond adjacent to the large double door entry. A three-
storey curved split-face brick wall forms the focal point
of the landscaped northern courtyard, reminiscent in
form and materiality of the surrounding dunes that line
the view across the road.
The ground floor consists of two king-size bedrooms,
which share an ensuite, a two-car garage with dumb
waiter, laundry, gym with sauna and powder room, and
the entry. All the exposed concrete floors have floor
heating and have been sealed with a coloured epoxy
to ensure a consistent surface texture. The stairwell
adjacent to the curved wall leads to the parents' area
on the first floor.
This level contains a theatre room, which can also
double as a bedroom with an attached bathroom,
kitchenette and robe; and the master bedroom combined
with a huge walk-in dressing area and ensuite. The ensuite
has been modelled along European lines with the toilet
attached from the floor, double stone vanity top and a
large wet shower area. The entire floor area acts as a
shower as it has no curtain, glass door or screen. A timber
tread staircase leads to the third level living area.
Upon entering this level there are stunning views of
the Indian Ocean that extend as far as the wind farm
on Rottnest Island. The social hub of this space is the
imported Italian kitchen which has been intelligently
placed at the rear. It looks onto the meals and sitting area
through to the large balcony with its spectacular views.
A separate dining area capable of seating 20 people
is o to one side so as not to distract from the view.
This dining area has its own floor-to-ceiling window
spanning the full length of the room.
The house was one of the first to achieve a four-star
energy e ciency rating using FirstRate when the rating
system was first introduced. The essentials of achieving
a four-star rating include the clever use of materials,
orientation of the building on-site for maximum solar
penetration and maximising the catchment of prevailing
breezes and the careful placement and size of window
openings. These principles have been strictly adhered to as
the client didn't wish to install any form of air-conditioning.
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