A Modernist Inspired Beach Home For A Retired Couple

Bates Smart Architects designed the Salvado Street Residence in Perth, Australia.

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The architect’s description

Conceived as a compact and low maintenance residence for a retired couple in Cottesloe, Western Australia, the Salvado Street Residence is a modernist inspired beach home with a clear and rational design to suit the needs of its occupants which breaks with its suburban context of 1970’s brick and tile townhouses.

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The design draws inspiration from modernist ideals of living which are tempered by a critical regionalist response to climate and place. Minimal lines and planar forms reference its modernist inspiration whilst materiality and detailing draw from a local palette of materials.

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The planning concept is based on a courtyard typology featuring a pond, around which the private spaces and the public entertainment spaces are organised.

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This duality is emphasised architecturally by separate treatments of the private and public spaces: the public spaces are open plan, outward-oriented and unenclosed spaces gathered under a floating Miesian roof whilst the private spaces are inwardly focused and enclosed within thick masonry walls which create a sense of privacy and retreat.

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The Salvado Street Residence, drawing simultaneously on the spatial qualities of the International Style and the regional context of coastal Western Australia, reveals a unique take of contemporary Australian Architecture.

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Architect: Bates Smart Architects

Photography by Tyrone Branigan

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