Penryn Avenue is a loving homage to the mid-century modernist influences of City Beach. Klopper and Davis Architects have drawn from the context to create a beach home that is warm, textural and responds to the needs of contemporary family life.
Sited on a generous 800sqm block, nestled in old City Beach, a classic beachside suburb with views to nearby Bold Park. The design makes the most of its northern aspect, dedicating over half of the block to lush garden and outdoor living. The built form of Penryn Avenue neither dominates nor overwhelms its beautiful block.
Nearby homes in this beachside suburbia illustrate the strong housing boom of last century, with many mid-century architectural delights in its midst. Penryn Ave integrates itself into its local context via a modest street presence, articulation of the entry and thoughtful selection of materials and nod to the significance of the suburban garden.
The simple design of two floors, bedrooms above and living spaces below, belie the very clear consideration and thoughtful composition that has been incorporated into this project. Signature contrasts between clean and textured materials create interest with a clear nod to the very best of modernist design. Living spaces are bold and generous with walls of glass opening onto grass and pool which fill the internal spaces with Perth’s rich blue sky.
The design makes the very best of its environment, with KADA employing passive design principles from the first concept sketch. Glass from head to toe along the northern facade and both floors is carefully considered and takes advantage of the sun’s angles, flooding the living areas with warmth and light during winter months while perfectly positioned eaves offer relief when the overwhelming sun gets higher in summer. Double glazing ensures gained heat is not lost in winter nor gained in summer. Penryn Avenue maintains a consistent, comfortable temperature throughout the year.
From pressed tin cladding, textured brick walls and timber framed windows, the material palette is diverse and elegantly arranged into a cohesive composition of warm and human materials.
The defining feature of this project is the soaring glulam columns that support the floating roof. These beams are new – but a soaring roof that makes the year-round most of Perth’s lovely sun has become a defining mark of this KADA project. The columns are a bold and striking gesture that draws from its ‘post and beam’ influences and defines the architectural expression. Close consultation with the structural engineer allowed the striking execution of this defining feature of the building.
The garden design is the perfect complement to the house, adding shade, softness and playful energy to the outdoor spaces. Striking the right balance between soft- and hardscapes is key in landscape design and here she articulates it so well, offering the client’s two children ample ground for games and activities.