The practice of Matthews McDonald Architects created the South Perth House in 2012 in the city of South Perth, Australia with a modern design and a view of the Swan River and its surroundings.
The owners, after living in the previous house for some years, wished it demolished and rebuilt into a comfortable family home that uses steel framing. The designers provided a home which takes advantage of the view and provides a stronger connection with the exterior, wrapping around the courtyard that is the main outdoor space.
The structure is built on three levels with the basement containing the service spaces and the upper level hosting the sleeping and living areas. The project uses masonry walls to create a podium and the backbone of the steel and glass boxes with boundary walls defining the exterior spaces.
There are several environmental elements to the project: photovoltaic collectors, rainwater harvesting, mechanical shading devices and a hybrid air-conditioning and ventilation system along with the passive systems like the single zone planning, compartmentalization and double-glazing to ensure maximum efficiency.