CSA Craig Steere Architects
Craig Steere Architects is an award winning practice,established in 1994, operating as a small professional and personalised team in a relaxed and user friendly environment. Craig Steere Architects is committed to design excellence. Our enthusiam, creativity and attention to detail, together with a priority to listen, provides the catalyst for successful and award winning solutions. Craig Steere Architects provides Architectural and Interior design services for the luxury residential market of extension and renovations and one off designed homes.
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Redgate Beach House
Redgate Beach, Western Australia , 2010
Situated on a dramatic coastal site overlooking Redgate Beach, just west of Witchcliffe in Western Australia’s popular South West region, this award-winning house was designed to respond to the natural qualities of the site and the client’s desire for a modern, low-maintenance, passive-solar home which captured ocean and valley views whilst also retaining a sense of living ‘within the trees’. From the south there are often strong salt-laden winds and limestone dust from the adjoining working lime pit to contend with, hence the house design has a cranked linear form, with the profiled steel roof extending down the outer walls to create a protective ‘shoulder’ against the elements, whilst the interior spaces within are lightweight and open, and encourage interaction between inside and outside. Redgate Beach House was awarded the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects (WA) Residential Architecture Award, plus the 2010 HIA ‘Best Custom Built Home valued $1.25M+’, ‘Custom Built Home of the Year’ and the major prize of ‘South West Home of the Year 2010’.
Flinders Bay Beach House
Flinders Bay, WA, 2013
Situated on a dramatic bush site with enviable views of Flinders Bay and Augusta inlet, this holiday home was designed to create a peaceful rural retreat far from the busy Perth lifestyle but within reach of Western Australia’s famous Southwest region. The existing topography of the site created the potential for a split level house which could nestle amongst the native coastal scrub and Peppermint trees whilst also maximizing access to sweeping views of the town and bay. The material palette was inspired by the natural features of the site, with local Augusta granite used extensively in conjunction with timber cladding, and a variety of durable rendered finishes to create a home which is both bold and low maintenance. The building form is characterized by a contrast between solid masonry forms and lightweight projections, most notably with dramatic cedar-clad ‘U’ structures that extend all the way from the front balconies through the interior to the rear entertainment court, framing views and defining spaces. The large cantilevered balconies are supported by distinctive steel columns that are staggered and shaped asymmetrically to respond to the ragged lines of the surrounding tree trunks.
Garden City, Perth, 2008
Internationally renowned local fashion designers Morrison approached Craig Steere Architects to design a new retail space that matched their design philosophy, emphasizing their existing ethos while producing new opportunities for exposure to the wider shopping public. The Garden City store was intended to be the flagship store for Morrison, whose other stores represented their more humble beginnings in Fremantle, whilst this outlet was aimed squarely at producing new opportunities for exposure to the wider shopping public. Nonetheless it was important that the new store did not depart from the ethos of the Morrison company, or its established clientele. All aspects of the project were oriented towards achieving this balance as we attempted to interpret the individual, feminine and organic nature of Morrison’s designs into the design philosophy of the shop fitout, and also in the approach to sourcing trades, materials and fixtures. Simple, well-crafted options were favoured over generic and low-cost items, both to represent a commitment to the retail space and to maintain a marketable point of difference. The interior the shop is simple, spacious and warm – its combination of natural materials, unique lighting, minimal signage and open floor area representing a space more akin to an art gallery than retail space.