Perry Lakes Tower

Name

Perry Lakes Tower

Location

Cambridge, Perth

Design Team

Iredale Pederson Hook

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The Perry Lakes Tower explores the potential of architecture to ‘create more by using less’, a minimum footprint dwelling, a point of reference with formal clarity that challenges the surrounding obese houses that seek to maximise the site, a modest ‘tower’ that creates space and allows the occupants to race around the garden.

A rare project by today's values, the house is only 150m2 but creates internal generosity through the introduction of a 9m2 void, the void connects upper and lower level spaces, increases air movement and light and provides a thermal chimney.

The Perry Lakes Design Guidelines focus on the implementation of ‘The International Style’, a style defined in 1932 by Americans Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, collecting projects with common aesthetic tendencies. 

This is a house for a family of four; the owner, two dogs and a cat. The considerations of all family members are accommodated, these needs are often in conflict and the design is required to mitigate conflict. Creating multiple pathways, a variety of scaled spaces, multiple entrance ways and the flexibility to multi-use space helps to provide a safe and stimulating environment.

The house includes re-used timber and bricks from the Perry Lakes Stadium, the original Wandoo seating is reused as cladding, handrails, bespoke door handles and reading shelf; moments of surprise that provoke questions and intrigue.

Sustainable Design

The Perry Lakes Tower minimises both its physical and environmental footprint, a 9 star rated house that is responsible and delightful that simply does more with less.

The house easily achieves the core and base values of natural light and ventilation to all spaces but minimises wasted space for the family of 4 (owner, 2 dogs and a cat) while creating spatial generosity with a vertical void that connects space, disburses light and creates effective air movement. The void acts as a thermal chimney, hot air rises and is released by upper level windows and moveable panels.