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Adam Fleet is one of those guys
you've just got to love to hate.
Artistic talent comes to this man
in spades -- he's an accomplished
musician who spent his youth cavorting
about the countryside in a band, and a
painter who found unsolicited success from
his artworks ("My mate just started selling
them and I couldn't paint them fast enough
-- it stopped being a hobby, so I didn't like
it as much.") And, it's likely Adam is the
world's most motivated builder.
He's a man who not only designed and
built this Ameling Rise residence, but also
sourced the materials and laid the bricks, too.
"I really got involved. is job would eat you
up if you didn't love it," he says.
Given his illustrious background, this
Fremantle home is what you'd expect from
someone like Adam. It's an incredibly
ambitious, but perfectly crafted, work of art.
Plus, it's a bit 'renegade' and has little regard
for trends. ink air-conditioning left by
the wayside in favour of clever architecture,
light drawn in through a glass pyramid and
the house's design and sweeping sea views
left to do the talking.
With a long, narrow, 350sqm block that
originally sat six metres above street level,
Take one inspired builder and his motley crew of 'do or die'
craftsmen, add a stubborn block with great potential and you might
just end up with a grand masterpiece determined to be di erent.
TEXT: Rachael Cicca relli IMAGES: Matt Galligan
GLASS ACT: The balcony (above) is finished with simple glass panes,
maximising views over Fremantle; the staircase (right) is fitted with
floating treads and glass rails to ensure light travels from the pyramid-
shaped skylight through the stairwell. (opposite) The glass pyramid to
the apex of the home acts as a light tunnel, bouncing captured sun o
the polished stucco walls and through all four levels to the basement.
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