Brick House

The first of State of Kin’s projects to bring together all facets of its prac­tice, Brick House is a merging of past and present: a new build utilising reclaimed local materials that gives bold, contemporary form to the area’s past.

Set in Perth’s leafy inner-city suburb of Mount Lawley — an area defined by 20th century Federation-style architecture and a vibrant urban high street — Brick House need­ed to respond to the surrounding red-brick streetscape while maxi­mising a compact site.
Textured reclaimed bricks contrast against a restrained approach to the interiors, creating a warm yet contem­porary feel that flows from the inside to outside.
The design approach draws on Mount Lawley’s light-industrial past, referencing the saw-toothed roof forms of old factories and celebrating and exaggerating tradition­al shapes, such as circles, squares and arches. The use of reclaimed bricks from demolished local buildings is a central compo­nent of the design, imparting an authentic, textured char­acter that is so often missing from new builds. This is en­hanced through the app­lication of classic construction methods to playful effect, creating an unexpected and triumphant result that signals a unique State of Kin vernacular.
The home features an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, giving the space an expansive feel.
Soft furnishings add lively accents through­out the home, contrasting against the mini­mal interior architecture.
Large windows allow in abundant natural light, capital­ising on the site’s advantageous north-facing orientation and creating an ex­pan­sive feel through­out the home. The ground floor’s open plan hosts kitchen, dining and living areas, along with a smartly-stowed bathroom and laundry. While bed­rooms and a spacious rooftop area sit above, below ground is a versatile space affectionately dubbed “the cantina”. Its neutral design allows a variety of uses, from exercise and storage to intimate events and home-movie nights.
The interiors reflect a restrained approach, with clean, contemporary finishes contrasted against the texture and pattern of the fully exposed reclaimed brick. Lively accents dot the home — from colourful spot features in the flooring to the accentuated curves of mirrors and fixtures, and details like in-built toothbrush and soap holders that take the form of outstretched hands. Central double voids and large skylights create an impressive sense of volume and vital connection to the outside.
For those with an adventurous spirit, a net hammock sus­pended over the living area offers an unconventional reading nook or hang-out spot. Meanwhile, coloured dots on the adja­cent steel mesh bridge become a creative play area.
Traditional herringbone brick detailing on the cellar ceiling adds intrigue and warmth to the gallery-like underground space.
The merging of reclaimed brick with polished interior finishes and clean but playful geo­metry ensures the raw, industrial aesthetic of Brick House remains human-centric, inviting and fun.
The team at State of Kin represents some of the best design talent in Western Australia. Good design and build quality can’t be underestimated when it comes to adding value to a home, and the sales results we have achieved via our partnership with State of Kin have been monumental. Danielle Geagea, Principal and Specialist, ZSA ZSA Property