Domain – 7 November 2015

On 7 November, 2015 Omeo House by Bosske Architecture was featured on the Domain website in Jenny Brown’s article – Omeo House boat design set to become Port Coogee iconClick here to view the original article and more images online.

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On a corner beach-fronting plot in a recent subdivision, 15 kilometres south of Fremantle, is a house that the downsizing owners asked their architect to make “interesting”.

Omeo House, by the young practice Bosske Architecture, is way more than that.

Faced in glazed sections of blue and white brickwork, that emphasise the curves and cut-outs of its out-of-the-norm structural form, is an unmistakable new residential landmark.

So far, it is the iconic building in what Caroline Hickey, says “is a developing residential/retail context in a lifestyle suburb.

“Everyone has an opinion about it”, she says. “But we’re happy with that. We’re interested in pushing boundaries and testing and exploring new ideas.

“If it gets people talking, that’s a good thing. We’re told that lots of people take photos of themselves with the house and that at sunset the bricks reflect the setting sun, which makes the house look like it’s on fire.”

On the terrace-house sized block of 9X30 metres, the three bedroom, two bathroom home with the downstairs office/guest room, workshop and garage, and the upstairs living/kitchen looking out to the Indian Ocean, has been designed on a theme.

The name, Hickey explains, references the skeletal wreck of the 1858 passenger sail and steamship that sank just off the beach in 1905. With the client also having bought a new boat, the upper levels were shaped to evoke “a heavy boat, and in part, the shape of a carved up ‘O’.”

The lower wooded section, made out of Pacific Teak “which doesn’t move in the harsh environment”, are there to suggest the piles of a pier.

Modelled in 3D before being constructed, the exterior materials are all low maintenance and hard wearing: “Brick on the higher levels, timber – which can be easily oiled, on the lower”.

A corner has advantages, one being that where most of WA’s coastal houses look directly west, Omeo House can have a deep-set, 3.5 X 6 metre long terrace on the northern side. “And big sliding doors to it mean with the living room it all just becomes one big space.”

The upper master suite at the rear has another private and very sheltered courtyard balcony. “With greenery and a spa it is a totally other (outdoor) space in a coastal house.”

Since being finished, Hickey says the building has bought forth inquiries from potential clients. It is also doing its job “of marking a spot and bookending a row of new terraces in an interesting way”.

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