Introducing the Ocean Side Villa, a luxurious architectural masterpiece designed by Craig Steere Architects. This exceptional home embodies modern Mediterranean living, perfectly capturing the spirit of Perth’s stunning natural and coastal surroundings.
The team of skilled architects worked closely with the client to create a tranquil haven that caters to large family gatherings as well as individual moments of respite and serenity. Designed as a series of self-contained pods on a terraced slope, the Villa is ideal for cross-generational living, with ample space for extended family members.
The Villa’s built forms sit harmoniously in scale with the existing neighbourhood, while the staggered massing and street side planter beds add to the street amenity. The architectural language of adjacent homes and the ocean influence the Villa’s material selections. Robust materials that stand up well in harsh coastal winds, western sun and Cottesloe’s active beachside streetscape were carefully chosen.
The Villa is designed with passive solar principles of shade, cross ventilation and north winter solar light access. The durable materials selected require minimal maintenance, and a hydronic heating and cooling floor slab system, in conjunction with an energy-efficient lighting design and energy-wise appliances, minimises electrical demand.
The interior spaces of the Villa are as visually stunning as they are inviting. Deep window recesses encourage sitting or placement of cherished objects, providing a framed outlook towards the ocean. The rear guest pod also enjoys a serene view of the garden and courtyard spaces. The result is a home that takes every opportunity to connect visually with its broader coastal context while fostering internal connections between the different living pods.
Collaboration with a variety of Perth-based disciplines has contributed to the design and function of the Villa. Structural engineering was key in addressing large spans for uninterrupted ocean views and detailing slender overhangs that cantilever and protect the courtyards. The landscape consultant enhanced the courtyard spaces with appropriate coastal side plant species.
The Villa is the ultimate retreat that combines Mediterranean-inspired living with Perth’s stunning natural and coastal surroundings. The design of multiple courtyard spaces with varying degrees of exposure provides occupants with a chance to retreat and enjoy their time in all weather conditions.
This exceptional home is a testament to the Craig Steere Architects team’s ability to create a harmonious and serene living space that embodies the client’s vision while perfectly integrating into its surroundings. The Ocean Side Villa is a true masterpiece that deserves recognition across Australian architecture.
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