Fremantle home built from raw limestone with Tasmanian oak kitchen cabinets

Bold geometry in terrace-style house that features limestone walls, Tasmanian oak cabinetry, mezzanine bridge over kitchen and dining area

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Natural raw materials feature throughout this new house designed by Fremantle architectural firm Officer Woods.

Simplicity can make a strong design statement in this new house it is the materials and the spaces they frame that speak the loudest.

Designed by Fremantle firm Officer Woods, the house is built from local limestone, with the stone exposed both inside and out.

Architect Trevor Woods says the clients were very interested in using natural materials with a low embodied energy footprint.

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A flat bar top doubles as a casual eating area for the owners of this house designed by Fremantle architectural firm Officer Woods.

"We extended this to the kitchen, opting for natural Carrara marble benchtops, for example, over reconstituted stone. The tactile qualities were important as there are not that many places in a home where you are constantly touching a surface. For these areas we had a more lavish budget, so the surfaces are not only hard and durable but also memorable a sumptuous counterpoint to the raw materials of the house itself. The owners are happy to let all the materials weather naturally."

The marble is teamed with Tasmanian oak cabinets that feature hardwood edges and veneer doors. These were treated with an Osmo environmentally friendly finish, in keeping with the desire for sustainable alternatives. A timber shroud wraps the island, helping to hide any clutter on the benchtop. The island also features a flat bar top that serves as a breakfast area. Additional storage is provided within a large walk-in pantry directly behind the kitchen.

While the living space has a generous, double-height ceiling, a wide mezzanine bridge compresses the kitchen-dining area, creating a more intimate space.

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Because the mezzanine bridge in this new house is isolated from the limestone walls, the entry sits within a double-height volume. This gives it an appropriate generosity. The design also allows natural light to spill into this end of the room from the high windows. The concrete floor has a trowelled finish. The design is by Officer Woods.

"The bridge modulates the scale and volume and allows interaction between the living areas on both levels," says Woods. "It also extends outdoors where it forms a balcony and provides a shade canopy above the terrace."

Credit list

Jennie Officer, Trent Woods, Jack Choi, Paul Empson, Officer Woods Architects (Fremantle, WA)
Kitchen manufacturer
Jerovich Cablinets
Benchtops and splashback
Carrara marble
Taps and water dispenser
Waste disposal
Imagin Constructions
Tasmanian oak
Hansons Moonscape Kolormasta concrete with steel-trowelled finish
Oven, cooktop and dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel
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