A small residence for a young family in the southern suburban fringe of Perth. Lofted above a large limestone outcrop and native plant garden lovingly established and cared for by the owner, the house affords spectacular north westerly views over the Indian Ocean and nightly sunset. Externally, the house avoids formalities - it has no front fence, no enclosed garage and no front door. Upstairs is arranged with a compact, efficient floor plan with carefully designed built in storage throughout. The north facing living areas naturally ventilate by catching the daily afternoon 'Fremantle Doctor' sea breeze. Underneath the house is a flexible room for either visiting guests, a home office or a play space connected to the back yard.

Project undertaken as Architects in Association with David Barr Architect

> Awarded in the 2014 WA Australian Institute of Architects Awards_ New House category


> Shortlisted in the 2014 Houses Magazine _ Best new houses under 200m2

> Featured in New Suburban book by Stuart Harrison

Photographs by Robert Frith