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Craig Steere Architects architect profile
Craig Steere Architects
Unit 10, 219 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
Phone: (08) 9380 4662
This contemporary version of the classic
Australian, corrugated iron bush home was
designed by Craig Steere Architects and
constructed by Denis Poor Building Services
to respond to the natural qualities of the four-
hectare Redgate site, just west of Witchcliffe.
The home is carefully located within
a natural clearing on the site, which is
characterised by rocky limestone outcrops
and dense bushland. Fortunately, the clearing
is well elevated, allowing views across the
valley and down towards the ocean.
Easy living, low maintenance and
environmental sustainability were the
design’s influencing factors, as was retaining
a sense of living within the trees.
A subtle and raw palette of materials has
been used on the home’s facade, balancing
aesthetics with durability. Colour tones
reflect the rugged coastal bush setting.
The large overhanging Colorbond roof on
the western side of the house provides shelter
to the outside deck and internal spaces beyond,
while galvanised steel screens keep the harsh
afternoon sun and strong sea breeze at bay.
Inside, the building evolves into three
interconnecting wings. The main living spine
runs to the west, directing attention to views of
Redgate Beach. At the same time, it orientates
the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas
to the north to capture winter sunlight.
The main bedroom wing hovers above the
natural sloping landscape, looking out over the
sweeping valley and ocean escarpment. Windows
in the master bedroom and linear slot windows in
the wing hallways make the most of the views.
A combination of textures, colours and
materials has been integrated both in and outside
the home to address form and function.
The design has a strong focus on attaining
natural light and ventilation, maximising
rainwater harvesting and storage, and
utilising energy-efficient appliances.
The home’s three interconnecting wings
feature a combination of textures, colours
and materials to address form and function.
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