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nspired by visionary Japanese designers
who create vertically interactive spaces on
small lots, Robert Forgione and his team
created this four-bedroom, three-bathroom
Middleton Beach home.
Sprawled over three levels, the design enabled
voids and connections to each of the floors to make
them more interactive with one another.
The incredibly compact home features a
combination of both modern and natural materials
that work together to create a contemporary yet
warm and inviting ambience.
Lightweight materials and masonry were
chosen, mainly to keep the house eco-friendly and
with the severe coastal conditions in mind.
Plasterboard ceilings were deliberately detailed
with a negative edge to give the rooms a more
crisp, spacious and framed feel.
Throughout the alfresco areas, natural cedar
lining was used to generate a warm and homely
feel. Meanwhile, tiling and a structural glass
balustrade assisted in maintaining the sleek,
sharp lines of the house while at the same time
maximising the views.
Washed cement flooring of the aggregate
driveways, paths and alfresco area has been
incorporated for longevity and to give the building
a strong visual anchoring element.
Perhaps the most prominent feature of this
home is the expansive structural glass balustrade
to the internal staircase, which provides a high-
impact architectural statement that is functional
and interactive with all zones of the residence. The
feature pond fits snugly underneath the stairs, the
surface of the water echoing the giant panels of
glass that line it.
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Combining the alternate views in design and construction from right
across WA, CBD provides cost-effective, eco-friendly solutions
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