Corner House | spaceagency

Corner House | spaceagency | Photographer: Robert Frith

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Corner House | spaceagency

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Texo (WA) Pty Ltd.
Robert Frith
Project summary

The project involves the strategic demolition of an existing house, while retaining some fragments that enable advantageous site planning moves on the small lot.

Realising the opportunity of its corner position and elevated topography, Corner House is sited as close as possible to the street boundaries to create a north facing garden courtyard, the plan curls around the courtyard with generous openings facing inward to the privacy of the courtyard while smaller, deep set openings address the street. A roof terrace to the south west corner captures ocean views and sunsets.

The program is a down-size dwelling for a family with 3 adult children, strategically the house can accommodate returning or visiting children as required, while prioritising the planning for the primary occupants.

The building, constructed primarily in robust rammed concrete, merges with the natural extant limestone outcrop providing a strong connection to site and place.

Western Australia Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

We love the house designed by Spaceagency! Having worked with Dimmity on our previous house we were confident that we could achieve our goal of a more compact house on a smaller block. The house happily meets all our accommodation needs, we enjoy the connection to the street, views into the garden and to the ocean beyond.

The private northern courtyard connects the kitchen and living room to the outdoors, adding to the sense of space. The use of rammed concrete and other natural materials adds to the texture and warmth of the house; it is simple yet beautifully detailed.

Project Practice Team

Dimmity Walker, Design Architect
Michael Patroni, Design Architect
Samantha Mofflin, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Burdett & Goodison Structural Engineers, Structural Engineer
Living Building Solutions, ESD Consultant
Resolve Group, Building Surveyor

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