Fremantle House, Australia by Philip Stejskal Architecture

Creative roof space

Project Specs


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Our clients approached us to remedy a situation where an existing double storey extension at the rear of the property failed to take advantage of views toward the ocean, nor did it harness prevailing breezes or north-light. Their desire was to push west within the existing roof space, to culminate in a roof terrace behind the existing shopfront parapet.

▼住宅概览,overview of the house © Dion Robeson


▼住宅屋顶,view of roof © Dion Robeson

▼屋顶露台,roof terrace © Dion Robeson

The result is a ‘floating’ mezzanine home-office space, pulled back from the edges of the building to funnel daylight to the ground floor and create spatial connection between the levels. The existing roof was ‘raised’ to accommodate the new program and re-clad in a contemporary material to signal the intervention.

▼“悬浮”的夹层家庭办公空间,‘floating’ mezzanine home-office space © Dion Robeson

▼屋顶被抬高形成通透的空间, raised roof forming spacious area © Dion Robeson

▼屋顶过度空间,entryway of roof space © Dion Robeson

▼屋顶入口,entrance of roof space © Dion Robeson


▼百叶窗控制光线强度,light controlled by louvred sun shades © Dion Robeson

External louvred sun shades allow controlled solar ingress through operable glazed roof sections, which also augment cross ventilation. The existing second storey at the rear of the site was wrapped in a new cloak and given a privacy screen to manage overlooking to the eastern neighbour.

▼建筑二层,secondary floor © Dion Robeson

▼从二层室内可看到东侧社区,view of the eastern neighbor from the secondary floor © Dion Robeson

▼二层落地窗细节,detail of the screen of secondary floor © Dion Robeson


Internally, white predominates to provide a neutral backdrop to the clients’ collection of colourful objects and art. Thresholds between old and new are, by contrast, dark and moody.27

▼室内装饰以白色为主,white predominates interior decoration © Dion Robeson

▼过渡区采用深色,thresholds between old and new are dark © Dion Robeson

▼装饰细节,decoration detail © Dion Robeson

▼墙面细节,detail of the walls © Dion Robeson


This project represents merely the present moment in the life of a structure that has been operating for more than 100 years. Originally as a shop, then as a home, now re-modelled as a series of flexible spaces to serve as a temporary residence for our clients, with the ability to switch to an office without modify cations in a few years.

▼楼梯空间,stair space © Dion Robeson

▼浴室,bathroom © Dion Robeson

▼轴测图,axonometric drawing © Philip Stejskal Architecture

▼平面,plan © Philip Stejskal Architecture

▼剖面,section © Philip Stejskal Architecture

Project size: 250 m2
Site size: 182 m2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2
Project team: Tiny psa 8242 circular cropped, Philip Stejskal Architecture

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