Helm, Port Coogee

Multi-Residential + Retirement Living

  • Project

    4 level multi-residential development of 34 apartments in one-, two- and three- bedroom configurations

  • Services

    Full service architecture and interior design, 3D rendering

  • Location

    Port Coogee

  • Client


  • Date

    Completed 2014

  • Awards

    2015 WA Architecture Awards
    Commendation - Residential Housing / Multiple Housing

Helm is a boutique multi-residential development of 34 apartments in the emerging coastal precinct of Port Coogee. A range of 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom dwellings are designed for an evolving market seeking beachside living at an affordable pricepoint. The site is adjacent to a landscaped park and overlooks the Port Coogee Marina.

The architectural response is driven directly by physical and cultural context, underpinned by a strong commitment to sustainable design principles. Inspired by the vernacular Australian verandah, each apartment features a deep, full-width balcony. Sliding louvred screens allow residents to open up or enclose the balcony in response to the weather and privacy needs. The repositioning of the louvres creates a constantly changing façade that ‘breathes’ with the elements.

A limited palette of colours, textures and materials is sympathetic to the coastal setting. Cross-ventilation to all apartments allows occupants to take advantage of cooling sea breezes and minimize dependence on mechanical air-conditioning.

Helm is an elegant, contemporary architectural statement that is expressive of modern coastal living in Perth, Western Australia. The project has successfully met the client’s commercial objectives whilst establishing a quality design precedent for future developments in the precinct.

An extract from the jury citation:
‘….this four level block of thirty four apartments has broken new ground in providing an alternative and much more affordable living typology in a suburban beachfront setting. This has been achieved without compromising quality and the overall standard of apartment living.’

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