The 1950’s home now hosts a family with two teenage twins and its ageing structure could no longer meet the demands of their fast-paced life. The new interior completely moves away from the original as the additions and changes to the East Fremantle home turn the lower level into a vibrant and inviting social zone.
The neutral backdrop allows light to spread throughout the residence evenly and shapes a cheerful setting with the sight of the ocean in the distance stealing the spotlight.
The beautiful home designed by Neil Logan Architect uses a common style and materiality to link the three separate buildings that make it up with covered walkways and woodsy elevated platforms linking one area with the next.
It is the upper level that now houses the more formal living area kitchen with a view of the distant harbor and the bedrooms of the parents. This level was designed to act as an individual home on its own down the line with the lower level accommodating the kids.
Two different terraces in the house extend the living area outdoors with ease even as local pine wood is used extensively throughout the building. Large glass walls and V-shaped pillars that support the cantilevered building usher in some much needed contrast to this warm and inviting space.
Features like energy-star rated refrigerators hoods and other kitchen appliances along with high-efficiency bathrooms smart energy-saving systems and recycling units combine to drastically cut down on the carbon emissions of this apartment complex.
Despite the use of blue accent additions and bold metallics the house is largely neutral and large sliding glass doors welcome the outdoors inside during warmer summer months.
Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture each of the apartments has a ventilation system that reduces dependency on artificial heating and cooling while smart planning around the building keeps ambient temperature as constant as possible.