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Situated in an area that is slowly undergoing
a process of gentrification, the basement level of
the original Italianate project home was retained,
while the entire top floor was demolished to base
the new design on.
The owners required a contemporary residence
for themselves and their growing teenage family.
Facing the Swan River and sloping up towards
Penshurst Hill, the addition of more floor space in
a vertical arrangement was required so views in
a northerly direction to the river could be attained.
Brooking Design Architects created an
additional two floors over the existing basement
footprint, disguising these by enveloping them
in an overall roof/wall form that blurs the lines
between what is a wall and what is a roof.
The vast volume of the central foyer and
the articulation of the floor levels are perceived
with views through the residence to the river
beyond. This links the living spaces and master
bedroom on the top level to the kids’ and family
spaces on the ground floor, right down to the
garage in the basement.
Large outdoor entertaining areas and terraces
positioned on the northern face ensure light and
orientation towards the river.
The most distinguishing architectural element is
the unique enveloping roof form. Brooking Design
Architects distilled the historical range of vernacular
architectural elements in East Fremantle to a handful
of materials, the predominate being corrugated
iron (today referred to as ‘custom orb’). The use of
custom orb sheeting as a wall and roof finish seemed
to fit the metaphor for East Fremantle and provide
a contemporary reinterpretation of this material.
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