Claremont Residence by David Barr Architect

Location : Australia, Western Australia, Perth

Project Team: David Barr, Stephen Hicks
Project Status: Constructed
Builder: M Construction
Photography: Robert Frith

2016: Winner – Architecture Award, Alterations and Additions
2016 Shortlisted, Houses Award, Alternation and Additions

4241This extension to a pre-war suburban house is generated by a series of brick volumes connected by discreet landscaped areas. A clear grid informs the new addition’s planning, with each of the main spaces (dining room, living room, bedroom) located separately.

The project extends the house into the garden, the plan shifted and manipulated to capture views of beautiful mature trees on the site and in neighbouring gardens. Distinct spaces are created externally (a courtyard, a formal lawn, a raised external dining area and pool) and then drawn back into the house through large areas of glazed openings.

The project’s materials are a juxtaposition between the brickwork, ‘bagged’ and painted white, and dark steel and timber elements that link them. Large sliding doors, their frames concealed, open the major rooms to the garden and courtyards. Deep window reveals open to the north, while operable timber screens shield western windows from the sun.

Internally a restrained palette of concrete floors, plaster walls and American Walnut timber joinery gives the client’s art and furniture collection prominence, while simultaneously creating a backdrop for their young family to add vitality.


Claremont by David Barr

Claremont by David Barr

Claremont by David Barr

Claremont by David Barr

Claremont by David Barr

Claremont by David Barr

Claremont by David Barr



Located in Fremantle WA, David Barr Architect seeks honesty and regional appropriateness with each project. Innovative solutions are crafted through rigorous research, analysis and programmatic responsiveness. Each work embodies an understanding of site, programme and human occupation. These notions are explored through the fundamentals of volume, light and material composition to create an atmospheric architectural design solution.

David Barr
0438 895 119
Studio: 32 Cliff St. Fremantle, 6160 WA

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