Play House was originally a brown brick, terracotta tile home typical of Perth’s northern beach suburb of Marmion, where the combination of proximity to the ocean, a slow pace of life and spaciousness is attracting renewal. When the client bought the home, they approached State of Kin with an open brief to create something bold, key requirements being to improve shade and privacy.
The home had solid bones, so our approach retained the existing building. The exterior is lifted by an ochre-red perforated steel structure that envelopes the facade, imparting a striking yet cohesive appearance, serving as a privacy screen and offering dynamic sunlight filtration. Fresh white paint over the original brick exterior updates the aesthetic, while the retention of curved elements and the breezeblocking in the front wall are reminders of the past.
While the focus for the exterior was reinvention, inside, the home is entirely reconfigured. The entry leads into an open plan space connecting a large living and dining area with the kitchen and study. The ground floor houses the master bedroom and ensuite, while the top floor has two bedrooms and a rumpus room. Where the original floorplan was cramped — despite the home’s relatively large footprint — Play House now offers flexibility, enjoyment and ease.
The home’s interiors flow on from the individuality of the exterior, combining colours, materials, patterns and shapes to create a sense of joy and warmth befitting of the ’Play House’ title. Each room has its own character, but all share a common design language, brought together by cork and terrazzo flooring and a dusty, nature-inspired palette running throughout. Archways are utilised to create portals that facilitate seamless transition between each space, creating dialogue and flow.
Play House is a fresh and highly visible example of suburban renewal, with our reinvention of existing architecture producing an adaptable, functional, and individualistic home in which a growing family can make the most of their surroundings.