Studio Iredale Pedersen Hook wrapped Perth’s Applecross Residence in a traditional building material that dates back as fas as 7000BC: bricks. The glazed blocks were assembled in new ways, at an angle or to form shadings that elegantly filter out excess daylight. Powered by geothermal energy, the home’s fluid body pays homage to the nearby Swan River.
The Applecross Residence explores the potential of bricks throughout its five levels. Interpreted in different ways, the brickwork includes glazed dark blocks alongside silver ones, all placed in strategic locations to reflect light and color into the house.
A couple of chimneys at the entrance extend along three levels providing geothermal energy at practically no cost. The home is topped by a roof terrace for sunbathing or dining over stunning views of Perth. A curious aspect of the design is that one level of the house is designed as a completely separate apartment, allowing friends, family and other guests some extra privacy.
The Applecross Residence won this year’s Think Brick Awards Grand Prix Australia, and it’s easy to see why.