Chauncy Street

Embracing the stunning views the elevated site has to offer, Chauncy Street eloquently responds to its inner-city location.

Upon entry, a dramatic entry statement with a large cantilever reflects the natural fall of the site. Similarly, a ‘folded’ skillion roof and angular plan make the most of the views across North Fremantle and Mosman Park along the Swan River, over to the city and beyond. A huge expanse of glass in the living area further reinforces this, creating a seamless transition from the interior living spaces to an outdoor living space on the balcony.

As views of the river are at a premium, the house is designed to remain respectful of the adjoining neighbours. The angle of the balcony and the roof form is created to provide a greater setback and reduced building height for the southern neighbour. Similarly, the plan takes advantage of cross-ventilation opportunities; the entire living space can open up to the river and is perfectly protected.

Zinc cladding, raw rammed recycled concrete and limestone ground the building, while timber details provide softness and warmth. Sustainability is also integral to the project. The rammed walls are made up of 50 per cent recycled crushed concrete and 50 per cent limestone – creating a large thermal mass, meaning the house has reduced fluctuations in internal temperature. The zinc cladding is also less energy-intensive to produce, recyclable and durable. The home also relies on two rainwater collection tanks for drinking, watering the garden and an auto leveller for the pool.

Beyond the intricacies in its design, the space is refreshingly simple – creating an immediate sense of calm, whereby the pristine location and panoramic views take centre stage.


East Fremantle,
Western Australia