City Beach Residence
Paying homage to 1960s architecture and Perth's coastal lifestyle, the contemporary City Beach Residence by arc seven.1 marries the best of mid-century and modern design.
Arc Seven.1 is a multi-award-winning building and interior design practice located in North Perth. The team, led by Jason Saunders and Nicole Tollman, is committed to design excellence and prides itself on innovative architectural solutions. Arc seven.1 is passionate about deigning to reflect the individuality of the client and their lifestyle, as well as the site’s surroundings. Their focus is not solely on the built form and interiors, but also the landscape that forms an integral part of creating a harmonious linkage between the three disciplines.
The bluestone is reminiscent of the stack stone you’d typically find in homes of the 1960s era. It’s our modern interpretation
Modern meets mid-century
The Story Behind the Design
It may be a trend to replicate the 60s design, but Jason and the owners shared a different vision for this property. “The client’s brief for size meant there was no way we could go back to that time,” says Jason. It was obvious from the get-go; a renovation of original beach shack wouldn’t suffice.
Instead, they used the 60s form as inspiration and added a modern edge, all the while capturing the sublime views of the Indian Ocean. The use of retro geometric shapes including the round motifs, Glosswood timber ceiling panels, extended eaves and a flat roofline give a distinct node to the past. Contemporising the form, bluestone tiles were a central element of the design, wrapping the home’s façade and weaving their way into the alfresco and interior spaces.
Custom Marble & Walnut Timber Worktop
Sussex Taps Monsoon Column
Glass Pendant Lights
Parigi Pendant Lights
Eco Outdoor Tully Daybed
Married against the smooth, bright white render, the texture of the custom bluestone pattern Jason created adds another dimension to the home. A keen eye for detail and a high level of craftsmanship was required to perfect Jason’s design and execute his custom pattern to a standard that equaled the rest of the architecture. Jason admits this wasn’t without it’s challenges, but the finished result is unrivalled.
Striving for continuity, the materials in the alfresco area were used throughout the interior. Granite stone bench tops, supplied by the client’s father and walnut veneer cabinetry run seamlessly from the living room through to the outdoors. The large-scale ceramic floor tiles have been carried through into some of the interiors as has the timber ceiling above.
Jason’s passion for bespoke design is evident everywhere you look in this home, no more so that in the Eco Outdoor bluestone custom pattern walling Jason created to add another dimension to the home. A keen eye for detail and a high level of craftsmanship was required to perfect Jason’s vision and execute his custom pattern to a standard that equaled the rest of the architecture.
From the 60s bookshelves to the custom barbeque exhaust, Jason and his team laboured over every detail, referencing the property’s heritage along the way.
“Everything was custom-designed. It took a while to do; a four-and-a-half-year project, but you need to spend the time on it to achieve the desired result.”
This approach is an ode to mid-century architecture, perhaps even more prominent than the clean lines, simple palette and geometric forms. The 60s was an era where architects paid attention to every aspect of the design, staying true to their vision. Bespoke architecture emphasises fine detail, going against today’s trend of mass-production and cookie-cutter design; something Jason’s firm is very conscious about.