Minimalist Peppermint Grove architecture

Staff writerThe West Australian
Custom build by Giorgi.
Camera IconCustom build by Giorgi. Credit: Supplied.

This Peppermint Grove residence uses minimalist architecture principles and highlights sharp angles and soft curves for a timeless appeal.

The Peppermint Grove custom build is rich in quality materials and texture.
Camera IconThe Peppermint Grove custom build is rich in quality materials and texture. Credit: Supplied.

The generous layout contradicts the home’s smaller lot and features ample open-plan living areas set within a tranquil and luxurious setting.

Giorgi Sales and Marketing Director Danny Giorgi said the property’s appeal began at the street kerb and continued throughout the home.

“Our design brief was for a minimalist building, rich in quality materials and texture, as well as making the most of the small lot and limited northern aspect”, he said.

The home’s use of industrial concrete and steel, balanced against warm timber provides an uncluttered environment, which brings a focus to the feature aspects of the home.

These elements are immediately brought together from the polished plaster and the roof of the front gatehouse, to the angled concrete balustrade wall floating above the ramped driveway.

The green landscaped gardens and hardscape steppers and paths complement the home’s facade made up of grey, black and white. A full-height powder-coated aluminium splayed window box to the upper level is also included, which has been softened by decorative cedar vertical battens connected to it.

The home is three levels, anchored by a basement four-car garage with a turntable for better access, a music and cellar room and stairs or a lift to get to the upper levels.

Mr Giorgi said the house used commercial building methods such as precast concrete walls in the basement, which allowed excavation hard up against the block’s boundaries.

“Our experience with various building techniques meant we could save space on this smaller footprint and valuable building time with tilt panels,” he said.

An unpretentious, timber, pivot side-entry door opens to a double-height light-filled foyer with the start of the home’s ample industrial finished concrete floors.

Recessed bulkhead cedar battens line the ceiling in the entry passage and continue unobstructed to the rear living room.

The foyer features the first of several curved walls and leads to the library, which is positioned at the front of the home and opens to the front verandah through a frameless pocket sliding door.

A large dressing room lined in oak cladding continues to curve around to the ensuite walls and cabinetry.
Camera IconA large dressing room lined in oak cladding continues to curve around to the ensuite walls and cabinetry. Credit: Supplied.

The master suite takes pride of place at the front and is a private sanctuary comprising a large dressing room lined in oak cladding, which continues to curve around to the ensuite walls and cabinetry.

To the rear of the home, past a timber-clad wall to one side of the open-tread timber staircase, lies a concealed door leading to a powder room.

Beyond that, the kitchen and dining areas complement the minimalist architecture, which focuses on the outward view of the pool and entertaining spaces, accessed from slim-frame pocket sliding doors that allow larger panes of glass to be fitted.

True minimalism can be seen in the kitchen, with skylights adding space and natural light to the zone.
Camera IconTrue minimalism can be seen in the kitchen, with skylights adding space and natural light to the zone. Credit: Supplied.

The kitchen and scullery include clean and practical porcelain benchtop surfaces and blend as one, with the functional aspects of the kitchen being out of sight from the living areas of the home.

The fridges and dishwasher are integrated to create less distraction for true minimalism, while skylights add to the scale of the space giving it natural lighting for functional usage, as well as making the space feel larger.

A sunken living room with chevron laid parquetry and a wide-format fireplace is at the rear of the home, opening to the deck and pool through stacker glass doors.

Three generously sized bedrooms on the upper level, each with their own ensuite and a sitting area, complete the home.

Mr Giorgi said the space and light was generated by the minimalist design and, despite the block size, the entertaining opportunities within the home and the ability to host family and friends were a major success story for this home and its owners.

“The architecture is the key and we have taken full advantage by pushing ceiling heights to their maximum for as much northern light as possible and by using specialty sliding door systems, which conceal the framing and allow larger spans of glass,” he said.

This custom build is located at 10A Keane Street, Peppermint Grove and is open for viewing on Wednesdays from 5-6.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm until Monday July 18. Visitors must be over the age of 12.

CONTACT Giorgi, 9444 0206, www.giorgi.co

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