When the clients of this North Perth project engaged architect Nic Brunsdon, they requested a house that would maximise the compact site, much like a Japanese urban-infill house, and ideally be made from concrete.
Budget restrictions meant using in situ concrete wasn’t possible, so Nic Brunsdon’s team devised an alternative: concrete precast panels. These panels would not only be utilised as the actual building structure, but as the finishing material throughout the interiors.
‘By using this commercial construction system as the main conceptual organising principle, the project was able to gain significant budget and time savings, while maintaining legible design integrity and innovation in housing type,’ says practice director Nic Brunsdon.
Two panel types were selected for the project – one for the ground floor running east-west (parallel to the street), and another for the upper-storey running north-south and pointing to the city.
Each panel is punctuated with one