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Curtin Avenue Residence

Jun 10, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Robert Frith
  • Architect ORA Architects

Located at the southern end of the beachside suburb of Cottesloe, this new residence is sited on a long thin lot running east-west between two converging streets. The eastern elevation is modest and reserved in nature, its roof form curved at both the northern and southern sides to reduce its mass in relation to its two single-storey neighbours. In contrast, the western elevation is much more open, featuring extensive glazing to take advantage of the magnificent views out towards the Indian Ocean and Rottnest Island while providing generous overhangs to protect against the harshness of the summer sun. The western side of the residence has been raised above the street level to provide an appropriate level of privacy to the external decked area and ground floor living areas. The curved form relates primarily to the local environment, curving over on the southern side to minimise overshadowing and protecting the residence from the strong south-westerly winds.

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