Referencing an Industrial Past – Brick House by State of Kin
Mt Lawley, WA, Australia

Photography Jack Lovel
Architecture State of Kin
Interior Design State of Kin
Words Bronwyn Marshall

Referencing the historical industrial past of the area, Brick House is a new build that takes heeded influence from the renovated factory vernacular. State of Kin combines a sustainable approach with the refinement of a contemporary build to create a home of character and embodied interest.

Woven into the residential urban fabric of Perth’s Mount Lawley, Brick House pays homage to the area’s past and the potential previous occupation of its current site. In an area embedded with its own layered past, the newly conceived elements have an obligation to acknowledge the previous narratives and how they might integrate into the present. Brick House is one such home, bringing elements from the past and reinterpreting them into a newly constructed residence. From referencing the area’s industrial past through formal gestures and materiality to the reuse of locally sourced bricks, the resulting home funnels in many elements. State of Kin injects a storied sense of character through the rich layers integrated and propose a home of substance and meaning.

The combination of the traditional and the unexpected create an interesting balance and allow a greater focus on the geometry of the home.

Built by State of Kin Construction, Brick House utilises differing bricklaying and construction methods as a means to express a considered and crafted integration of the material as a hero. The combination of the traditional and the unexpected create an interesting balance and allow a greater focus on the geometry of the home. As a nod to the industrial element, high level clerestory windows allow heat escape, while offering an articulation to the roofline silhouette. From the street, the home presents as a storybook of shapes and forms cut from within a greater whole, offering portholes into the interior and curated views outward from within. The many iterations of openings create unique engagement opportunities between the built and the natural, being the threshold that connects the two.

Internally, exposed brickwork offers a textured warmth and pattern, while the differing laying techniques such as the hit and miss style bring further detail inward. A polished concrete floor also offers a textural variation and a welcomed robustness within the home. Contrasting colours then populate the custom joinery elements, where metal work, fixtures and fittings offer a refinement and crispness.

From the street, the home presents as a storybook of shapes and forms cut from within a greater whole, offering portholes into the interior and curated views outward from within.

Brick House combines a playful approach to the residential form through the incorporation of varied openings and an experimental approach to its comprising materiality. State of Kin utilises the raw and the refined and through a considered reference to the pastadded a welcomed depth to both the external streetscape and the internal home experience.

Brick House By State Of Kin Project Feature The Local Project Image 13
Published 24 December, 2020
Photography  Jack Lovel
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