Mosman Park House (envisioned by Paul Burnham Architect Pty Ltd) sits on an elevated corner site overlooking the Swan River at Point Roe, Mosman Park, Australia and comprises two transverse sheds. The main form is a steel frame structure which is fully glazed to the side street. The glass wall is externally treated with a screen of large scale operable louvers. This mechanized façade allows total control of privacy and sun penetration, according to the season and the time of the day. The second volume is set back from the front street, creating a private elevated front garden and establishing effective privacy from both streets. The second volume is similarly fully glazed for maximum river views.

The house is an upside down design with all children’s rooms located on the ground floor and the main living areas and parents rooms on the first floor to take advantage of the panoramic views of the busy Swan River. Teak was selected as a natural and weather resilient timber appropriate for the waterside setting. The high oil content of Teak and natural weathering properties makes it one of the most durable and attractive exterior timbers. [Photos and information sent via e-mail by Paul Burnham Architect Pty Ltd, Photography by Jody D’Arcy and P.A.I.D. Photography]