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Coogee | The be ach sha ck
What is your favourite feature of the home?
The u nfo reseen, u nco ntro llable and n atu ral
limesto n e ridge becomes a delightful aspect
to the pro ject. Initial testing of the grou n d soil
classification revealed the poten tial of ha rd
elemen ts; how much, a nd to what exte nt, was not
revea led u ntil the pro ject was near completio n ,
“The owners can arrive
a home that not only
provides them with all the
creature comforts, but also
a space in which to relish
the simple things like the sun
setting over the ocean.”
In collaboration with Life Space Journey design,
Foolscap custom-created the black wax steel
lights used throughout the space.
however. The limesto ne an cho rs the hou se to the
grou nd, providing an ho n esty to its locatio n .
What was behind the material palette?
The material selection is a response to climate
and context. The extreme conditions of the West
Australian coast meant external metal cladding was
selected to minimise the ongoing maintenance of
painting. Robust, low-maintenance, environmentally
considered and affordable materials were all key
factors in the selection process.
What was the biggest spend on the home?
The biggest spend on the interior fi nishes were
the recycled jarrah flo orbo ards a nd jarrah window
frames. The o rigin al inten tio n was to have a san ded
a nd sealed STRUCTAflo r fi nish, essentially
u tilising the substrate stru ctural finish as the robust
finished product. As the project flourished, the
decisio n was made to introdu ce jarrah an d tie the
internal boards to the external deck.
Where did you find your inspiration for
Coogee B each holiday park is lo cated n earby,
w hich con tai ns a series of simple, hu mble shacks
that are arguably more attuned to the area’s
climate, cu ltu re an d con text tha n the previo us
house. The clien t remembered passing these
Architect David Barr talks about the inspiration
for this beachside home, and his interesting
selection of materials.
on the way down south as a youth, marking the
mo men t when he felt he was leaving the suburbs
an d was on holiday.
What are some of your favourite materials to
work with at the moment?
Timber is incredibly versatile for uses such as
flooring, lining, structure, ceilings, cladding,
cabinetry, and door and window frames. As a natural
resource that provides instant atmospheric qualities
through its grain, texture, colour and defects, it is
a delight to work with. The timbers used in the
project were carefully selected with sustainability
in mind . Th ey we re rec ycled , re-m illed or su pplied
from ce r tified reg row th facilities .
David Barr Architect 0438 895 119, davidbarrarchitect.com.au
Ross Brewin architecture + urbanism rossbrewin.com
A&E Timbe r S upplies (08) 9414 7131 ( join ery) Carter Holt
Harvey 132 321, chhwoodproducts.com.au (cladding) Casotti
Concrete 04 49 896 621 (concrete) Fielders 180 0 182 255,
fielders.com.au (roofing and cladding) Franz Building
Supplies 0412 913 340 (timber, cl adding , floo rboards)
Holcim 13 11 88, holcim.com.au (concrete) The Laminex Group
132 136, thelaminexgroup.com.au (timber) Love Flooring
0422 600 600 (jarrah floorboards) Prestige Group WA
0400 978 792, prestigegroupwa.com.au (roofing and cladding)
Shepherd Craft Furniture (08) 9244 9400 (cabinetry) West
Coast Stair B uilder s (08) 9302 2760 (stairs).
08 The opening in the roof creates an extra sense of space
and allows light in winter. A deciduous passion fruit vine will
cover this in summer and provide a dappled light beneath to
expose the winter sun.
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