STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
Builder BE Projects and architect Simone Robeson worked hand-in-glove to create this local landmark LET’S get straight to the point and say there are few properties in Perth that are instantly recognisable by the mere mention of their shape. This home, designed and occupied by innovative architect Simone Robeson and built by BE Projects, is one of them. Dubbed the “Triangle House”, the two-storey masterpiece is already a Mount Lawley landmark and a worthy recipient of this year’s Innovative Construction for Small Lots award. The 170sq m house sits on the triangular 180sq m block with a 960mm “squared off” apex of the triangle. “The shape is pretty unique, but besides that it’s a lot smaller than the average home, and less conventional,” Simone says. “We had more than 2000 people come through the home for the fantastic Open House Perth event, and the overwhelming response was that it feels much more spacious than is expected on a block that size. “There are some large feature glazing elements that really draw in light and open the house right up.” BE projects director Troy King says his team is passionate about working on challenging projects that push their abilities to enable improvised solutions. “The challenge of the project from a buildability point of view led us to a unique outcome on the awkward parcel of land, which otherwise may have been considered useless,” he says. “The extensive footprint of the building left little to no laydown areas on the site itself and there were challenges with regard to the busy road and the power lines. “However, the lane to the rear enabled some freedom and from there it required careful and deliberate coordination on the site by our supervisor.” The cleverly segregated floorplan has enabled Simone and her fiance, artist Matt Hayes, to both live in and work from their home. There is a 28sq m office at street level, while the main living area and bedroom are upstairs. “The upper floor has a much larger floor plate than the ground floor, so this is where we spend most of our time,” Simone says. “It also has the best views and feels more private, being elevated off the street level.” The bold, brave design has a distinct point of difference compared with the surrounding character and heritage homes. Simone is pleased that it adds interest to the streetscape. Troy shares her sentiment and says the home highlights the importance of using city and inner-suburb spaces carefully and in a balanced manner. “Dwellings like this bring vibrancy to the streetscape and are good ways to remove unsightly or under-utilised parcels of land,” he says.