Walsh Residence | Giorgi

Walsh Residence | Giorgi | Photographer: Alex Reinders

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Walsh Residence | Giorgi

Traditional Land Owners
the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Alex Reinders
Project summary

Design brief was to create a minimalist building rich in material and texture making the most of the small lot and limited northern aspect. The house utilised commercial building techniques such as precast concrete walls in the basement excavated hard up against the boundaries. The use of industrial concrete balanced against softer timbers provides a clean environment which brings a focus to the external aspects of the home. Minimalist glazing and specialty sliding door systems which conceal the framing was deliberately employed to accentuate this feature.

The selection of materials and finishes was to be of the highest quality and integrity with the client being very discerning. There are no compromises in a quality over quantity philosophy briefed for this home. The devil is in the detail with glazing junctions, flush thresholds and curved timber elements just to name a few.

We wanted a design which made us smile every time we returned home. The design brief was “understated elegance, modern, industrial”.

We asked to live on a single floor: living rooms connected to our master bedroom, connected to the outside living areas and the pool. The master bedroom provides a sanctuary and is generously sized, with a master ensuite where the curved detailing provides a complete sense of calm.

Clever details like the secret door down to the basement and the courtyard sliding doors that disappear into an angled wall further enhance the idea of a seamless living space.

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