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VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT - Brutalist Grand Design
This is the story of two people with a dream, a deep love of both Brutalism and Japanese aesthetics and a small, restricted access block. The story of an iconic residence brought to life; a synergy of architectural vision, powerful contemporary spaces, and the culmination of creative and design ingenuity from award winning Perth architect, Nic Brunsdon. The home is the winner of a number of architectural awards and was featured on Grand Designs Au, S9, E4.
Brutalism is a particular architectural style with an emphasis on raw materials, texture and construction to create an impression of mass and scale. At a more intimate level, the owners most important considerations were that the home embodied the fundamentals of Japanese design of elegant simplicity and understated beauty. They wished for the home to convey a sense of connectedness and warmth, contain flexible, multifunctional rooms, be a place of balance, inspiration and belonging with efficient use of space to make everyday living easier and better.
The home is constructed of a series of prefabricated concrete panels punctuated by both a grand arch and pedestrian arch placed both horizontally and perpendicularly to the street. Crafted Walnut veneer cabinetry adds warmth, translucent polycarbonate brings diffused light to soften the raw concrete, whilst expanses of glass amplify a beautiful interplay of light and space.
The entrance is discreet, nestled beyond the pedestrian archway at the front of the home. Inside, the volume of the entrance hall is unexpected and breathtaking, a two storey void with natural light spiraling inwards via the vast glass window above the entry door. And in front of you, layers of arches, with sightlines to the glass door accessing the garden to the rear. The entrance hall, with its vivid white walls, hanging systems and custom lighting is the perfect canvas for the owner's vibrant art collection.
Layered and dramatic, the archways draw you deeper into this spacious, light filled home. Open plan living, dining and kitchen are generous, with high ceilings, floor to ceiling glass and industrial finishes softened by large archways, rich walnut veneer cabinetry and warmth radiated from the timber ceiling. The kitchen fits beautifully behind the feature archway, sleek, modern, offering every function a well appointed kitchen should. Space to bring family and friends together, to prepare, to cook, to store. A second arch provides a natural sunshade for the north facing living room, with vast glass doors opening to native landscaped gardens.
A concrete staircase, mirrored by a timber staircase above, leads to a multifunction space. Two grand arches flank the staircase - one with polycarbonate diffusing soft light into the upper hallway, and one cleverly transformed into a library within a walnut framed arch. Floor to ceiling glass frame both the front and rear of the upper floor. A home office occupies part of the front of the home, with the master bedroom adjacent; a peaceful, private retreat. A grand arch with walnut insert forms a striking headboard to the bed, with the opposing arch transformed into a BIR, concealed by a rich velvet curtain. Children's bedrooms are situated to the rear of the home, overlooking the rear garden below.
The second staircase leads up to the roof deck offering magnificent 360° views across Perth to the city, the east, west and south.
Careful consideration has been taken to incorporate environmentally responsive design. The house has significant thermal mass and is internally moderated in temperature. All north facing windows have east and west screening provided by the concrete fins as part of the detailing. The east and west walls have an internal layer of insulation to provide a thermal break. There is an operable roof light that acts as a thermal chimney, allowing fresh air to circulate from the cooler parts of the house up to the warmer upper floors. All glazing is performance glass and double action sash windows are integrated into each window panel for more natural ventilation to rooms. There is also a large bank of solar collectors on the roof that power a battery in the garage. The house has environmentally sensitive gardens and uses native vegetation where possible.
8 Thompson. Family living redefined. A truly original, landmark architectural masterpiece of substance and distinction, transcending time, form and function.
Architect Nic Brunsdon
Featured on Grand Designs Australia, S9, E4
Iconic architectural masterpiece - emphasis on raw material, texture, construction
Fundamentals of Japanese design - elegant simplicity and understated beauty
Flexible multifunctional rooms
Constructed from a series of prefabricated concrete panels
Ground floor - burnished concrete
Entrance gallery with soaring two storey void, walnut veneer custom cabinetry
Open plan living and dining with floor to ceiling glass
Walnut veneer cabinetry to kitchen, stone counters, Franke sink and tapware, Smeg Thermoseal oven, Smeg Combi Steam oven, Smeg 900mm black ceramic induction cooktop, Smeg concealed undermount rangehood, Smeg fully concealed push to open dishwasher, Leibherr freestanding side by side combination fridge
Laundry with floor to ceiling storage, stone counters, Bosh concealed 10kg washer and 8kg heat pump dryer
Concrete staircase to open plan multifunction area at top of stairs
Library, walnut framed arch
Master bedroom with floor to ceiling glass, walnut headboard
Arch transformed into BIR
Striking ensuite, floating vanity
Two bedrooms with floor to ceiling glass, BIR
Family bathroom, floating vanity
Gardens with native vegetation
Ducted, zoned reverse cycle a/c