Set within a typically suburban housing estate, Vasse House is a low-cost experiment in informal living. Beyond its suburban site, it is from it’s economic context that Vasse House posits a brighter alternative. Vasse House is a prototype for housing that is relevant to everyday Western Australians, working within the economic constraints of an architecturally underrepresented demographic… _a missing majority_.
With a budget of $250,000 (including GST), the house is comparable in cost to its volume-built neighbours. Like them, it offers four bedrooms, a two-car garage, and a second living space. However, where others in these estates fill the width of their site, Vasse House occupies half of it. Where they ignore orientation and push living rooms and alfrescos to the rear—Vasse House aligns to the north and opens to it, giving each room generous access to light, ventilation, and a view of a sprawling garden.
Joshua Duncan, Project Architect
Margaret River Structural Engineering, Structural Engineer
The Study, ESD Consultant