Somerville Residences | Hartree+Associates Architects

Somerville Residences | Hartree+Associates Architects | Photographer: Robert Frith

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Somerville Residences | Hartree+Associates Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
JA Constructions
Dion Robeson
Robert Frith
Project summary

Our second in house development, Somerville delivers the the Scarborough Redevelopment Area vision, providing a mix of accommodation types on this significant corner site – located 350m away from the hustle and bustle of seaside life.

Three Norfolk Island Pines are a landmark and signature of the project externally, whilst interior planning explores 3 principles. Connection to the trees; Access to natural light; Cross ventilation.

West facing balconies shift in plan respecting the canopy of the trees. Privacy screens introduce striations of colour, connecting garden and the sky – a sculpted edge designed by reaching branches.

In contrast to the vibrant and transparent living spaces open to light filtering through the trees; articulation of the south façade is heavy and textured (to moderate traffic noise/lights) – timber battens fold to address the corner and provide a clear identity over the entry.

Western Australia Jury Presentation

Living in the Scarborough for many years, I was looking to downsize into a smaller apartment as I love to go walking and swimming at the beach early in the morning.

I appreciated the design and creative aspect of Somerville as soon as i saw the plans. The spacious bedrooms overlooking the landscaped garden and filtered light from the pine trees appealed to me.

It’s climatically comfortable and sustainable, so many people walking past admire and comment on what a stand out building – of the highest standard with excellent fit outs internally. It’s an upmarket building in the Scarborough area.

Project Practice Team

Bill Golding, Graduate of Architecture
David Hartree, Design Architect
Sammuel Arellano, International Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Advanced Fire Engineering, Fire Safety Consultant
Ashton Associates, Quantity Surveyor
CAPA, Landscape Consultant
Element WA, Town Planner
Hegney Consulting Engineers, Electrical Consultant
Kohler Design, Interior Designer
Marocchi Engineering Group, Structural Engineer
ND Engineering, Acoustic Consultant
ND Engineering, Services Consultant
RMT Hydraulics, Hydraulic Consultant
Today’s Building Services, Building Surveyor

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