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.
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.
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.
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