Eric Street House was developed in what had been the garden of a suburban property near Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia. Completed by Paul Burnham Architect, the eco-friendly home fills the modestly sized lot and is organized to allow all living spaces full northern exposure.

According to the architects, the contemporary residence was designed using passive solar principles and hydronic heating. It also features double-glazed windows throughout, as well as recycled Australian hardwood.

The first-floor living areas open onto a wide deck, while the second floor is connected to a rooftop terrace. Another terrace features a private garden with ocean views.

While functionality was a key factor of the design, several cozy additions tailor the home to fit the inhabitants. The house is made for socializing; the living room has two sofas facing each other, while the dining table seats up to 10 people.

Bright colors are sprinkled throughout the home as a finishing touch. [Information provided by Paul Burnham Architect; photography by Jody D’Arcy]