Multi-Generational River House, Maximising Views & Ventilation
Peppermint Grove, Western Australia, Australia
This project has had two separate adjacent houses designed by Architect Neil Cowie to meet the primary focus of multi-generational living set out by the clients.
The external aesthetics were influenced by the family’s strong connections to the UK whilst embracing the great outdoors of Australia. This led to a house that was quite conservative, yet also opened up to the outdoors. It connected internal and external spaces with the use of warm materials. Located next to the river, views were important, therefore almost every room has river views.
The house takes advantage of passive solar design principals and cross ventilation through the use of Breezway Louvre Windows. The clients are happy with the way the house invites the winter sun in to keep them warm whilst during summer, a cool environment can be enjoyed by the breezes captured due to the location.
The two houses work together through their external spaces, and outdoor views are maintained through their choice of glazing to help keep the family connected whether they be inside or outside in the backyard.
The house also has inbuilt versatility for when the children grow older and their needs change. Both households also have overseas guests where the house responds well to this as the guest accommodation is separate to the main house.