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North Perth Residence

Project: Alterations and Additions
Location: North Perth, Western Australia
Date: May 2002
Project Architect: Fiona Hogg


From inception it was intended that the alterations to an existing 1950’s residence would address not only the accommodation requirements of three generations dwelling in a single residence but also nostalgia for a previous life in the far north.

The new lighwieght frame structures main twisting roof form with zincalume steel and polycarbonate cladding were conceived as a direct contrast with the existing traditional red brick and terracotta tile residence. This lightweight building approach is a reference to tropical building and has proven to perform well thermally even in southern conditions.

New works were designed to connect the existing living areas to the lushly planted exterior and provide more light to the core of the existing residence. The new works provided a new entry/ sunroom, which forms an extension to the more formal living room with a strong connection to the front landscaped area. Recycled boards provide a visual link between the new works and flow into the adjoining areas of the existing residence.

Alterations to an existing poorly conceived 1960’s addition including a new roof form, highlight glazing and doors connected again to the eastern garden have provided a bedroom/ study area separated by the living zone. A ‘donga’ or separate pavilion to the rear provides the other additional space to accommodate teenagers with connection to the house via a new wet area incorporating new bathroom and laundry.

These alterations and additions explore the tropical design ideas in a cooler climate and the and within the context of the suburban fabric of an inner city Perth. The result has transformed a nondescript 1950s building to a contemporary home with a uniquely tropical feel in the inner city suburbs of Perth.

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