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"He was really excited about it, he
actually teaches -- he's a professor, and
offered to give us a hand with anything,"
says Adam. "It's great because the problem
we've found is finding an engineer who will
confidently say 'it's going to hold'."
Imperative to the bright and light nature of
the building is the central spine of the house:
a column running through all levels of the
home and finishing in a glass pyramid shape
at the apex. e light drawn in through the
pyramid bounces off stucco walls, and doors
in translucent glass help to keep the daylight
distributed through the home.
"I wanted to get the light into the
basement... but I didn't quite know how.
So, we ordered the glass and pinned
it all together into the pyramid shape.
Afterwards, we were in Spain checking out
architecture and we went to one of Gaudi's
(that's architectural great Antoni Gaudi)
buildings in Barcelona. ere was a hole
through the middle and he used ceramic
tiles to bounce light down, and my wife
Anna said, ' at's what you've just done!' It
made so much sense."
Atypical design seems to be the theme.
One of the most controversial decisions was
to leave air-conditioning behind in favour of
high ceilings, louvered windows, bricks and
limestone -- all set to catch the Fremantle
Doctor breeze. "We have no need for air-
conditioning, so we didn't even put one
in. Everyone was like, 'Oh God, what are
you doing?' But we've had 40-degree days
where it feels totally nice up here. Whatever
breeze there is, we'll get it."
Standing in the living area on the
fourth floor during the height of summer,
the breeze is evident and the space not
"We have no need for air-conditioning, so we didn't even put one in."
over furnished or crowded with artwork,
but completely comfortable. e kitchen
has minimal fittings, only push-to-open
drawers and Essa stone benchtops along the
perimeter of the room, with the appliances
and less aesthetically appealing everyday
bits hidden in the scullery behind.
is allows the raw limestone walls,
gigantic windows and an open balcony
capturing views over Fremantle Harbour to
be more than enough visual fare.
Where most builders would be
understandably exhausted after building
their own property, especially a 400sqm,
labour-intensive one on a tricky block,
Adam has nothing left but enthusiasm and
itchy fingers for his next big project. "We're
actually starting to build another one down
south on Caves Road in Yallingup." We wait
with anticipation for the tour. I
CONTACTS DESIGN AND BUILD: Fleet and Beck
(08) 93 35 9455. BENCHES AND CABINETRY: Kitchen Solutions
(08) 9418 7555. STONEMASON: Ashley Stoneworks 0412 3 21 861.
SMART ART: (right) The stucco walls from
the stairwell reoccur as a rich red feature wall
in the master bedroom. Most of the paintings
through the interior are works by Adam.
His loose brushstrokes in earthy tones are a
perfect complement to this home. (below)
The ensuite employs the same Essa stone
benches as the kitchen.
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