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Cottesloe Flat

April 29, 2009

Cottesloe Heights was completed in 1964 by Krantz and Sheldon and was one of many blocks of flats built along Stirling Highway. The bed-sit unit is a split level 45 sqm space. The split level warranted further investigation to reveal that the step was a watered-down double volume living space reminiscent of the Corbusian Unite […]

Cottesloe Heights was completed in 1964 by Krantz and Sheldon and was one of many blocks of flats built along Stirling Highway.
The bed-sit unit is a split level 45 sqm space. The split level warranted further investigation to reveal that the step was a watered-down double volume living space reminiscent of the Corbusian Unite Ateliers, no fall across the site exists – the step only present to represent forced topography.
The building is orientated to the south, a brise soleil extended from the floor slab on the southern side belying that some sun protection may be required. As a result of this backward European modernism, the flats suffer from poor day lighting and damp problems.
The fit out set out to overlay two key ideas, rectifying the day lighting issues as well as providing the intended original homogenous space with no designated use. The bathroom in this instance acts as lantern for the room.
The shelving unit reconstituted as the brise soleil, giving this form a truly displaced use. A basin from council house public washrooms was appropriated – an ironic gesture to signify the fissure between high and low architectural cultures at that time.
It is the flat inverted.

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