This early 1900’s ‘maisonette’ had previously been converted into two ‘apartments’, occupying the ground and first floor respectively.

Our clients the owners of the ground floor apartment wanted  to improve its functionality, so they could comfortably retire there. 

The first design intervention involved creating a clear delineation between ‘open and public’ and ‘concealed and private’; distinctions that didn’t exist previously.

The wide hallway was consolidated as a clear linear element in the plan, and now provides visitors with a better orientation within the space.

Structural complexities within the existing fabric made it difficult to conceal new supporting structure, so we elected to expose the new steel beams. This demarcated old and new within the apartment: some spaces retain their existing skirtings and cornices, and others embody a more contemporary aesthetic. The expressed steel language was continued through the insertion of new steel framed windows.

The simple, elegant palette of materials harmoniously brings together old and new, and the design improves the functional and aesthetic performance for our clients.

Commendation for Residential Architecture Houses (additions and alterations) – WA Architecture Awards 2019

Status: Completed 2017

Project Type: Homes; Alterations & Addition

Client: Private

Materials: Timber, Brick, Steel

CREDITS:

Team: MDC Architects, Bruce Construction Design

The entry hall at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features blackbutt timber cladding and exposed brickwork Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features pocket stacking steel framed doors onto an outdoor terrace The kitchen at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features blackbutt timber cladding and exposed steelwork The master ensuite at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features soft beige cabinetry and tiling with steel framed windows The master bedroom at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features original heritage details and steel framed sliding doors The loungeroom at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features an exposed steel frame and blackbutt timber flooring The kitchen at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features blackbutt timber cladding and exposed steelwork The rear yard at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features concrete rendered walls and floating concrete stairs. The rear yard at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features concrete rendered walls and floating concrete stairs. The entry hall at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features blackbutt flooring and steel framed doors The entry hall at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features blackbutt flooring and steel framed doors The entry hall at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features blackbutt timber cladding and exposed brickwork The entry hall at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features blackbutt timber cladding and exposed brickwork The formal dining room at Cottesloe Apartment by MDC Architects features floor-to-ceiling concealed stacking steel doors onto the terrace.