Concrete forms luxury Cottesloe home
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There’s an inherent honesty in raw concrete, but that hasn’t stopped architect Richard Szklarz from using it for a bit of benign deception.
Walls, ceilings and pillars were poured on site to create the impression of a singular form at this Cottesloe house.
“We wanted the building to take on an air of being sculpted out of raw stone,” Mr Szklarz said.
“When we first opened the place up, people would say; ‘when are you going to render the walls?’
“Now it’s so much a part of architecture.”
The unassuming material attracts attention without appearing to seek it, in a way that no amount of Italian marble could ever hope to.
American oak cabinets and door frames take the edge off the brutalist look, while big windows on both floors provide a green backdrop.
In the main living area, a huge acoustic ceiling panel stifles echos to prevent the open-plan space from feeling too cavernous.
Floor-to-ceiling windows look north, to an outdoor area with a lawn, a timber deck and a snaking fish pond.
A riserless timber staircase leads from the foyer to the first floor, where four big bedrooms branch off a long hall.
The open-plan main suite is separated from the rest, and enjoys views of the Norfolk Island pines from a big picture window.
A guest suite also has an ensuite and a walk-in robe, while two minor bedrooms share a well-appointed bathroom.
The home, on a 614sq.m block, won a commendation in the interiors category at the 2010 WA architecture awards.
Concrete was poured on-site to create an impression of a house sculpted from a single piece of stone.
Swaying trees form a picturesque backdrop to the main bedroom.
Windows were designed as “membranes” between the concrete interior and the green exterior.
Architect Richard Szklarz used a huge acoustic ceiling panel to prevent the main living space from feeling too cavernous.