Australian architect Paul Burnham has completed the Cottesloe House project in 2009.
This 4,300 square foot two-story residence is located in Cottesloe, a western suburb of Perth in Western Australia.
Cottesloe House by Paul Burnham Architect:
“The site is a long narrow north facing property in the beachside suburb of Cottesloe. The raised site allowed the basement garage to be set at street level allowing for elevated ground and first floor levels.
The upper level has been lifted to the maximum height permitted under the local planning scheme to take the best advantage of the panoramic view potential. The new residence is separated into two distinct zones.
The ground floor comprises entry, children’s bedrooms and children’s living areas, complete with separate kitchen facilities. The first floor contains the master bedroom, study, kitchen and main living area. The two separate living areas are each north facing rooms benefiting from their own distinct and private north facing outdoor living areas.
The ground floor internal & external living areas are enclosed by a long lap pool and spa. The topography of the site allowed the pool to be located 1. 5m from the front boundary and elevated some 3m above street level. This enabled the pool to be completely private and unseen from the street while remaining exposed to year round northern sun.
The design objective was to offset the narrow north facing frontage with numerous north penetrating windows to bring natural light, ventilation and winter sun throughout the length of the upper level of the residence. The solution was to articulate the building volume into five equal bays each distinguished with it’s own north facing saw tooth roof window providing penetrating winter sun.”
Photos by: John Chisholm