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Perth Townhouse
by Fringe Architects

    

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

This project is a Townhouse refurbishment in Perth. The project is more about the people or outward persona of the individuals. This project represented rights to privacy by an unfolding or expanding of the opportunities to live freely within an established community. Designed in the 80's by Temelcos and Zambotti this "Café Creco" townhouse, as described by the client, lacked what most neo-tuscan buildings do, in that it had no external room. Unlike Holyoake by Field Consultants, which encapsulates the internal courtyard like a Chinese garden, this external room was considered more like the entrance porch or back-to-front patio for the refurbished spaces behind. It allows for the space to be covered, open, and varyingly screened by the occupants throughout the year. It
 
 

is both an environmental filter and social moderator, providing views to the City, light, flexible heat protection (retractable awning), adjustability, translucent screening the variable public and private interplay that project homes don't offer. Internally a void was filled in to create a master bedroom to the first floor. New windows were added to provide natural day lighting whilst acoustic plasterboard was added to the ceiling below to dampen an echoing living space. The construction is light to belie the visual transparency as well as structural adequacy. The detail reminiscent of Ross Chisholm’s truthful representation of structural depth clearly expressed, unifying form and structure like the Case Study Houses. The external room is now an address - a front.
 
DETAILS

Location
Perth, WA
Architect
Fringe Architects
08 9384 3491
Project Team
Design architect: Mr Andrew Hagemann, Fringe Architects
Structural consultant: Mr Geoff Robinson, Robinson Engineers Pty Ltd
Original architect: Temelcos + Zambotti Architects
Photographer: Mr Robert Frith, Acorn Photo Agency
Other Team Members : Mark Ainsworth
Entered
2006


Photographs by Mr Robert Frith of Acorn Photo Agency, text by Fringe Architects

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