Tucked at the bottom of the garden at this home in Perth's coastal suburbs is a unique, yet very functional building. If you've ever dreamed of a self-contained music studio, or a bit of extra space for friends and family to stay when they visit, Loft House might be the perfect solution for you...
This is so much more than your average shed at the back of the yard. With a music studio, sleeping loft and containing the garage and storage areas, this little building kills all of the birds with one stone.
Faced with a tight budget and a combination of spaces that don't normally go together (no one wants to be sleeping in the same room as a band rehearsal is in full swing, right?), CHORDstudio creatively adapted conventional triangular trusses to create a series of functional spaces under the one, uniting roof.
The architects manipulate the trusses in three ways to sculpt the necessary spaces under the twisted roof, flowing from the existing house into the backyard towards the laneway. This allows the structure to fit in with existing eucalyptus vegetation and take full advantage of the rear access.
The trusses are flipped upside down to create an outdoor entertainment area where a combination of translucent roof sheeting and timber battens create dappled shade and protection from wet weather.
In the studio the trusses fold down to become the wall structure. As the building progresses towards the laneway it tapers down over the garage, minimising the impact on the laneway.