The transient for this Cottesloe, Western Australia, residence was considerably contradictory. The purchasers wished a ‘trendy residence, with a way of historical past’ – a problem for structure and design agency Lahaus, who had a compact 244 square-metre block to work inside, but additionally the duty of making one thing ‘spacious’.
The ensuing three bed room, three toilet, double-storey ‘Cabin Haus’ delivers on all fronts. The principle inspiration for the house got here from an unlikely supply; Norwegian boathouses, which after examine of compact, coastal dwellings, revealed itself as essentially the most logical design for the location.
‘We felt that this aligned with the shopper’s spatial necessities, and the compact nature of the block, whereas additionally respecting the house’s coastal context and the necessity to carry a way of historical past to the trendy construct,’ explains Lara Staunton, artistic director of Lahaus.
The inspiration is evident from first look, most notably by way of the symmetry of its gabled roof and lengthy facade, working along with a palette of impartial supplies, heat tones, textural whites and accents of charcoal which can be synonymous with common Nordic-style.
‘The tender palette of textures and hues have been used internally to melt the symmetry of the structure,’ says Lara. ‘The cork flooring within the kitchen and foremost residing space carry earthiness and heat to those areas, whereas on the similar time being a sensible flooring resolution.’
Color is launched by way of the tiled kitchen desk, which is an announcement sage inexperienced impressed by Norfolk pines. This hue is repeated within the toilet, although extra olive than sage, and once more behind the home, which can be painted within the tender verdant hue.
‘The assertion inexperienced brings a way of playfulness and calm to the inside and exterior… nestling the constructing inside its panorama,’ Lara says.
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