Nestled in the suburbs of Perth Marimekko House is a home designed by Ariane Prevost for her own family of five adults (including her three adult children). While essentially quite modest in budget and size the house features bold and innovative design incorporating landscaping, courtyards and a rooftop garden to create multiple light-filled living spaces.
The house is entered through an oversize pivot door which is hidden behind a weathered steel facade designed to be an intriguing departure from the traditional streetscape. Intended to surprise and intrigue the house features a number of movable glass walls which blur the difference between outside and inside and allows the building to be opened up to create a ‘pavilion’, taking advantage of Perth’s abundant sunshine. The house itself is across two levels with the lower level incorporating three bedrooms, a kitchen/lounge area and a living room. Upstairs is the parents’ bedroom and study plus a substantial passive thermal roof garden which is large enough to grow vegetables and entertain in.
Ariane’s approach of combining architecture, interior design and landscaping together along with an innovative use of industrial materials and finishes combine to make this a home which is easy to maintain, light and airy and has a flexibility perfectly suited to a family of five busy adults.