If you asked us to picture what a home inspired by a petrol station would look like… Perhaps our imaginations are limited, but we’re certain it wouldn’t look nearly this good.
Designed by architect Neil Cownie – also the man behind one of our long-time Perth home obsessions, Roscommon House – 123 House sits on a site that was an Ampol service station for three decades.
Decommissioned and subdivided by the owners, references to the home’s past life are (pardon the pun) ample: the exterior is dotted with concrete projections which mirror the old Ampol logo, balustrades inside and outside mimic the spokes of a car wheel, the letterbox wobbles invitingly on a car’s suspension spring, and coloured glass references the colours of petrol and engine oil – as well as a pleasingly lime-hued coolant green. Even the custom dining table (designed by Cownie and custom fabricated by Remington Matters) utilises the same logo shape, with its circular legs simulating a stack of car tires.
With this in mind, the home’s interiors at large are just as playful as you’d expect, with textures and materiality referencing the owners’ Mediterranean heritage alongside the automotive elements. Plentiful terrazzo coloured floor tiles balance the boldness of the coloured windows, while repeated curved forms and archways whimsically replicate local architectural features.
Image credit: Traianos Pakioufakis