We may have preconceptions about how an artists’ home would look like and how they would choose to display their art and collection in their personal space. Whilst this building is home to some beautiful artworks and bespoke furniture, it is also a functional residence where the boundaries between living and exhibiting blend together.
Built for a jeweller and her artist partner, the split level 3×2 timber frame house is set on a sloping half acre block, located near the beautiful Redgate Beach, south of Margaret River.
The interior design boasts a minimalist and modernist sensibility summarized in two key feature elements brought by the owners themselves: the intricately detailed timber truss and the handcrafted limestone wall. The timber truss was locally made from Redgum which was collected years earlier, stitched together with laser cut, powder coated steel plates. The limestone wall was a collaboration with a well-known stonemason from Fremantle, each block unique in size and shape. Underpinned by fine craftsmanship and artistic flair, these personal elements imbues the house with a sense of playfulness.
A large outdoor verandah to the west was designed for significantly reducing heating and cooling loads. The verandah wraps around the side of the house onto which all bedrooms open, creating a wonderful courtyard with framed views of the bushland further down the hill. Large north facing windows drench the house with winter sun, and an eastern courtyard provides a charming sitting area to enjoy in the morning light.
What was wonderful working with like-minded creative clients was to engage in a process where aesthetics and function are central to the building, resulting in a home environment where design elements and artworks sit comfortably together.
- Project size (sq.m.): 188
- Price range (AU$): 500K
- Location: Redgate
- Year: 2016