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Shutter House

Shutter House

State of Kin
Wembley, Western Australia, Australia | View Map
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Private Houses
Jack Lovell

Shutter House

State of Kin as Architects

What was the brief?
The home started as a speculative collaboration within our family, which eventuated in a built outcome that was a representation of our collective experience, announcing State of Kin’s establishment through the amalgamation of two generational family businesses. 


Being one of the first projects State of Kin worked on as a collective entity, the project served as an exciting opportunity to test design ideas and work cohesively with the construction team to ensure the best outcome. The site itself presented many opportunities through the proximity to Lake Monger and surrounding parklands, however the brief was speculative, and had to be flexible enough to suit a myriad of potential owners upon completion. 


The vision for the project was clear – to capture views of the lake opposite whilst maintaining privacy and control of light/shade within. The brief identified the drastically sloping site as an opportunity to work with strategic use of floor levels and creation of connectivity between spaces across a variety of planes. Vignettes and vistas are framed and captured with intention to unite interior with exterior, the height of boundary walls and surrounding buildings create sensations of secluded privacy. 

What were the key challenges?
The site presented many constraints, however through a rigorous design process these were turned into opportunities that encouraged a highly considered response that facilitated the creation of a unique spatial program throughout the residence. The steeply sloping topography of the site allowed for the integration of subterranean courtyard spaces that permeate into the centre of the home, offering serene and contemplative areas away from the main living spaces. The home’s interaction with the streetscape and adjacent lake can be controlled through operation of the mechanized façade screens. 

What materials did you choose and why? 
This project presented a unique opportunity to be expressive with our design, both architecturally and with the interiors. We were still an emerging practice when we started the design for this project, and we had found in the past clients would hesitate to explore the possibility of bold colour when it came to their homes. We wanted to demonstrate that colour could in fact be sophisticated and mature, and that when juxtaposed against natural materials and a nuanced external palette, it could be highly successful.


The State of Kin interiors and architecture team worked simultaneously on Shutter House, with a clear focus on creating a light filled sanctuary that is rich in colour and materiality. 


A focus on unique and hand-crafted finishes is evident throughout – the hand-seeded terrazzo at ground level and oak parquetry to upper levels accentuate the highly considered palette throughout the home.


 We introduced a terracotta grout to offset the sleek Sugie tile in the wet areas, iridescent mirrors, hints of olive green are seen throughout, coloured tile within the pool, we brought back ‘Mission Brown’ in the stairwell and coloured mosaic in the pool. Exposed concrete ceilings and carefully sourced granite, quartzite and travertine provide robust yet rich surfaces, which are accentuated by flourishes of colour and a curation of playfully sophisticated furniture pieces and contemporary, abstract artby local Perth artists compliment the thoughtful design. 


Material Used :
Facade cladding: Stringy Bark Timber Square Profile, Vertically Mounted

GF: hand-seeded terrazzo, custom by SOK
GF External: Crazy Pave 
FF & 2F: Custom Scale Oak Parquetry, Stained 

External doors: Custom timber frame, double glazed, Inglewood Joinery
Garage Door: Vertical Timber Profile
Side Opening Door: Danmar Doors

Windows: Inglewood Joinery
Interior furniture: Mobilia

Bathroom Fixtures and Tapware: 
• Agape, SEN Tapware/Showers/ Accessories – Ensuite, Bathroom, Powder Rooms 
• Agape, Cuna Bathtub –Ensuite
• Agape, Bjhon 2 Pedestal Basin – Powder Room 
• Agape, Cheese Basin – Powder Room 2 

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ElementBrandProduct name
Tapware/ Showers/ AccessoriesAgape
SEN, Cuna bathtub, Bjhon 2 Pedestal Basin, Cheese Basin
Bathroom Fixtures and TapwareArtedomus
Side Opening DoorDanmar Garage Doors
Interior furnitureMobilia
Product Spec Sheet
Tapware/ Showers/ Accessories
SEN, Cuna bathtub, Bjhon 2 Pedestal Basin, Cheese Basin by Agape
Bathroom Fixtures and Tapware
Side Opening Door
Interior furniture
by Mobilia
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