Wright Feldhusen – Florence Street Delight
This single story streamline design caught my eye for its simple elegance and uncomplicated beauty. A conscious calmness is achieved by the use of light, natural materials and the close connection to the outdoors.
Tim Wright talks about one of Wright Feldhusen architects latest projects which they achieved a commendation at this year’s WA Architecture awards.
Can you give us a brief synopsis of the job?
The site is two amalgamated blocks in Cottesloe. Given there was so much land it was decided very early in the design brief to pursue a single level courtyard style house. The client is a young couple with two children and possibly a third. The house is designed for the family to grow.
What was design process behind the home?
The design revolves around a front and rear courtyard. The front (North) predominantly is garden and lawn for children’s play area. This area is hugged by the two bedroom wings.
The children’s bedrooms open directly to the garden via a glazed gallery that when the glass doors are open acts like a encompassing verandah. The rear courtyard is the pool and outdoor summer living area. There is visual connection to all aspects of the house which is very useful when keeping track of little children!
The ‘H’ shape ensures privacy from the adjoining neighbors. The bedroom wings meet in the centre to the ‘Great room which is the main living and kitchen. This has a hogh ceiling with a clearstory of opening glass louvres to enable the breezes to cross ventilate.
Describe the site characteristics?
The site is flat facing the street to the north.
What was the backbone of the project and most noticeable material?
A sense of lightness and visual connection, that is anchored by off form concrete in the living area and the external fireplace.
What is you personal favourite part of the home?
I like the subtle curves of the concrete awing’s to the entry and the north facing terrace.
Photo: Jack Lovel