IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS
Built high on the hill in North Fremantle, the house has sweeping views west to Leighton Beach, Fremantle Harbour and Rottnest Island beyond. The 416m2 site has a 5m fall in the landscape from east to west. Facing the ocean, the living area and main bedroom is on the first floor, with the entry, study and two other bedrooms on the griund floor. All rooms in the house get views. There is also a roof terrace that is accessed through the main staircase. Deep overhangs on the east and west side, protect the full height glazing from the sun. A 7m high stone curved wall not only gives privacy to the bedrooms, but also acts as a thermal barrier protecting these areas from the heat load caused by the eastern
sun. It also acts as a sound barrier to the bedrooms from traffic noise generated by the corner site. The three level entrance void is covered by a freeform concrete canopy which provides a thermal barrier to the glazed stairwell. A north facing court on the first floor allows light to penetrate into the kitchen/living areas, as well as provides a place of protection from the sea breeze whilst still being able to enjoy the view. A series of rain water tanks along one side of the house collects water from the roof terrace, where it is used to reticulate the garden, and to maintain the water level in the swimming pool. Local plant species have been used in the garden to reduce water consumption.
North Fremantle, WA
08 9386 7536
Project architect: Mr Ian Brackenridge
Design architect: Mr Blane Brackenridge
Photographer: Mr Justin Smith