PUSSY GALORE



Architect:

Ariane Prevost Architect

Builder:

Ariane Prevost Architect

Manufacturer:

Midland Brick (WA)

Bricks Used:

Custom Order Natural Grey

Building Contractor:

R&M Ransome

Photography Credits:


A collection of fond childhood memories of Modernist courtyard dwellings characteristic of contemporary 60’s Australian Architecture, were seminal in the production of Pussy Galore - so-named after its field-like roof top garden of pussy willow grasses (cat tails). Predominantly a flat-roofed single-level residence, a second-storey, independent studio/accommodation designed in a different architectural language of sculpted timber, provides a unique elevated outlook on the urban surroundings. Based on a philosophy of ‘more for less’, the open-plan, pavilion style dwelling was a budget driven project incorporating prosaic products in different and interesting ways as the key to its unique style. A natural/raw and minimal material pallet provides for low maintenance and enhanced beauty with age. The domestic scale of the ‘brick module’ as the base geometry in a variety of patterning is intrinsic in the design. The graphic appearance and structural pattern of the grey concrete block is used extensively for decoration in various unit sizes and detail. Expressed and recessed random patterning and the effective 60’s style ‘hit and miss’ are enhanced with light and shadow. The playfulness of sunlight on the concrete blockwork transforms the look of the house through each day and seasons. The playfulness of sunlight on the concrete blockwork transforms the look of the house through each day and seasons.