Architecture + Interior Design
Home to empty nesters and their visiting extended family, Duncraig Residence in Applecross resides on a vast 1700m2 site boasting northeast facing views of the city and the Swan River.
Flanked by large dwellings that fill extensive blocks, this home is grounded in its landscape and sits quietly thanks to its siting and strength of form.
Set back from the street with a wide frontage, the bungalow-style home comprises of two primary forms connected by louvred verandahs externally and gallery spaces internally. The simple and strong timber shingle roof form is punctuated by large zinc dormers that house the second storey and reduce the scale of the height from the street.
Strong natural light is introduced into its interior spaces by generous areas of glass and roof lights. Its large rooms connect through galleries of polished plaster and dark oak timber panelling which look out upon beautiful landscaped courtyards and garden spaces.
On the riverside, an outdoor entertaining area sits anchored by a stone fireplace. It has the capacity to be closed off with steel and glass bi-fold doors that help protect the home from inclement weather.
Each living space is oversized, offering comfort and ample room for entertaining and family gatherings. Functionality is also a key design focus -flow and ease of connection is a must in a large home.
The basement is more than just a garage - it houses a beautifully appointed cellar, theatre with connecting kitchen, gym and bathroom with access to the pool area above. There are also several storage rooms and an eight-car garage.
This large bungalow home possesses genuine warmth. Its success is shown in scale, thoughtful functionality, its subtle natural material palette, and indoor outdoor connections.