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esting atop a steep cliff face overlooking
the Swan River, this luxury family
residence is inspired by contemporary
references to the understated elegance and
timeless architectural style of the Hamptons.
The owners of the home requested that all
spaces make the best use of sustainable solar
design principles and achieve maximum views up
and down the river.
Protection for courtyard spaces when
prevailing adverse weather conditions were being
experienced was also important.
The spatial challenge of the brief was resolved
by creating a simple elongated U-shaped plan sited
parallel to the river.
The simplicity inherent in the floor plan
promotes and achieves cross-flow ventilation, even
light and temperature control throughout the year.
Entry is provided from the street into the
top level of the home, which accommodates the
reception areas, various terraces positioned to
capture the view, living spaces, kitchen, dining,
library and a large master bedroom.
A lift provides a link from this level to the
ground floor, which accommodates a large
study/office, recreation room, three large
bedrooms with ensuites, and outside protected
terraces. An old limestone access path was
restored to provide direct access down the rugged
cliff face to the river below.
The external palette comprises jade green slate,
book leaf sandstone block work, hand-forged
wrought iron, extensive timber joinery and custom
profile weatherboard cladding. Internally, the
extensive hand-painted timber joinery theme
continues with detailed custom built-in cabinetry
anchoring the function of each space.
Presenting a sense of place devoid of the
common exuberances witnessed in many glitzy
homes of today, the residence is the epitome of a
comfortable family home.
A team of highly skilled professionals in both architecture and
interior design pushes the boundaries with award-winning designs
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