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Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Project: Silver Street Residence
Architects: EHDO
Location: South Fremantle, Australia
Area: 257.0 m2
Project Year 2018
Photographer: Dion Robeson, Kelsey Jovanou

Description by EHDO: On a narrow street in South Fremantle, lined with turn-of-the-century limestone and weatherboard cottages, this new home for a semi-retired couple has taken 5 years to emerge and now finds itself an old friend of this friendly, small street.

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

The narrow 368sqm site is divided in two by a diagonal sewer easement that could not be permanently built upon. This division of the site presented opportunities to push the domestic engagement the couple had with the street, as well as internally with the relationship between indoors/outdoors.

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

On the ground floor, to maintain access to the sewer easement, built volumes were designed to accommodate a bobcat so specific floors and walls are removable across the easement. This unusual configuration increased the opportunity to create deeper and significant indoor/outdoor connections. It can be difficult to work out where one starts and the other ends. Upstairs is more conventional; a thick-walled rectilinear form providing areas for sleeping and retreat.

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Materials respond to context and nature – accepting the marks of the weather and wear. Off-form concrete, brickwork and Australian Cypress create a confident presence which gently age.

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

A playful approach to light softens the volumes and mass. Polycarbonate core-flute walling provides opacity and indirect ambient light. Other frame walls are highly insulated R9 wall panels to provide thermal stability for the upper level which in turn shades the ground level, minimising any need for mechanical cooling. Thickness of window reveals are enhanced by deep steel box awnings offering further protection from the hot summer sun. Finally, landscape binds the project together and adds to the passive solar performance, cooling and cross ventilation of the building through ponds and deciduous plantings.

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

Silver Street Residence: New Home for a Semi-Retired Couple

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