Inspired by the landscape of the Floreat suburb in Western Australia, the architect Neil Cownie conceived of a house combining modernist and brutalist elements.
“My clients wanted a house that would be relevant over a long period of time. They wanted to remain in this house during different stages of family life. It was an important consideration to make sure that there was versatility in the way the house could be used,” reads Cownie’s description of the project that embraced practicality and aesthetics.
Simple in its form, the house is set on one floor with a small roof garden and a basement. Made of various concrete blocks, some were sculpted into long oval shapes adding an organic feel to the raw building. The interiors take inspiration from the Japanese “Wabi-sabi” style that accentuates beauty hidden in the imperfection. Mixed textures of wood, marble and terrazzo were juxtaposed against modern furniture in velvet, timber or glass, some are custom made designs by the architect.
The flow between the surrounding nature and the inside of the house was maintained with walk through courtyards featuring an open terrace and a private pool. The environmental value of low-maintance materials was complemented with 50photovoltaic panels generating electricity. Its excess is stored in batteries so within two years, Roscommon House will be fully self-sufficient.