Returning this weekend is Open House Perth, a completely free 2-day event that celebrates the best of architecture, design and the built environment in Perth and its surrounds. It gives visitors and residents unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to Perth’s best places and spaces for one weekend only. This year they’re unlocking the doors to 102 destinations, 55 of which are in the program for the very first time.
Below are 5 of the residential homes on this year’s program that particularly caught our eye and that we can’t wait to check out in the flesh!
House A is the first of three carbon neutral dwellings in Scarborough made from high recycled content concrete panels and whitewashed recycled brick. The house is 3 storey mini tower with a garage underneath and a loft on top. Minimal land, minimal house, minimal life.
Sunday 11th November: 10am – 2pm
33 Scalby Street, Scarborough, 6019
[abbetthaus] is one of two Certified Passive Houses in Western Australia, the leading international standard for comfortable, healthy, and sustainable living.
The home has been crafted by a handpicked team of leading WA designers as an ode to desert modernism, prioritising liveability and pushing the boundaries of residential building performance in WA. An exciting showcase of what can be achieved on a small infill block.
Saturday 10th November: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11th November: 10am – 5pm
58 Trethowan Lane, Scarborough, 6019
Guided – No Booking Required
The house is conceived as a solid enclosure surrounding a central ordering void. The daily life of a couple unfolds around the vegetated courtyard which offers openness to the interior spaces that are in turn removed from their suburban context. The sense of enclosure is expressed through the materiality of the house, which is entirely constructed of rammed recycled concrete.
Architecture by MORQ Architects
Sunday 11th November: 10am – 5pm
426a Cambridge Street, Floreat, 6014
Guided, No Booking Required
Note: Photography is not permitted in Cloister House.
WOOD STREET HOUSE
Home to Dimitri (director of EHDO Architecture) and his family, this house overlooks the Nightingale Fremantle construction site.
Wood Street House returned a derelict industrial factory in Fremantle into a contemporary dual house for multi-generational living. On one side is a young growing family, the other a home for the grandmother.
The larger residence is focused around a generous north facing courtyard which has all the main living areas connected to it. This provides passive solar energy and enables the family to socialise together with friends in a relaxed way including music parties or simply for the kids to run in and around.
Much of the existing factory envelope was retained. The aesthetic and finishes of the new development are simple and non-luxurious – respectful of the buildings earlier life.
Wood Street House demonstrates the passive solar design principles, and approach to materials applied to its future multi-residential neighbour.
Economy, simplicity and energy efficiency were the prime principles of the brief behind the Oxley House. Utilising a very modest budget of approximately $500k, the aim was to bring back the memories of the vernacular rural and industrial architecture that you can find in Europe, with high pitched roofs and barn style minimalistic looks, that opens to nature and captures surrounding views.
The Oxley House was designed using SIPs modular panels and introducing some passive house concepts into the project. Keeping the structure light and airtight with double glazed windows and mechanical ventilation, the home is inspired by simple living that values both the natural and manmade, connecting them organically. A botanical theme throughout reinforces the connection with the natural bushland setting.
Check out this year’s full program here!