Designer: David Barr Architect
Location: Perth, Australia
Westbury is a minimalist house located in Perth, Australia, designed by David Barr Architect. This 60 square metre alterations and additions is located to the rear of an existing Federation brick and tile house. The project is formally manipulated to sculpt light into the various spaces for both function and atmosphere. Funnelled light from the north, reflected light from the east, filtered zenithal light from above and a scooped ambient light enters from the south.
A heavily constrained context at the rear of the property directly influenced the ‘form’ of the building and the positioning and size of the apertures. The existing neighbour’s parapet wall on the northern boundary required an elevated light funnel providing winter sun into the living volume of the addition. The boundary wall construction to the east lead to a strategy of filtering zenithal light into laundry space and in the bathroom, a large clearstory window was needed to provide privacy from the adjacent neighbouring properties whilst scooping in ambient southern light and framing a view to the tree canopies beyond.
Photography by Bo Wong