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An Illustrator’s Singularly Innovative Home and Studio


The solution finally arrived when Hearn bought a subdivided backyard and approached architect Jesse Weir to develop a flexible and practical large wall art for living room with adjoining studio. “Together with Karin, we designed a house that will

suit her life and her work, and obtain the most out there of this gem” of a property, Weir says. “Her creative input to the project was priceless. This is very much Karin’s house. ”
After working some time experiencing the small, modern apartments of Berlin, designer and illustrator Karin Hearn craved a similarly simple living room, with a creative facilities, in her hometown of Perth, Australia. However, finding  something affordable and practical in metropolis was a challenge.
Who lives here: Illustrator and designer Karin Hearn
Location: Mount Lawley suburb of Perth, Quotes
Size: 645 square feet (60 square meters); one bedroom, one bathroom, plus a 322-square-foot (30-square-meter) facilities, all on the 2, 605-square-foot (242-square-meter) lot
Architect: Brian Weir Designers
Awards: Shortlisted for the 2016 Houses Awards in the Sustainability and New House Under 200 Square Meters (2, 153 square feet) categories, special mention at the 2016 Architizer A+ Honours



Rather than enlisting a high-volume home builder, Hearn sought out an architect who would recognize the potential of her unique site. “The nature of this beautiful [city] site, tucked away on the quiet [lane], allowed for wonderful

opportunities” that the average home wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of, Weir says. “For example, the backyard faces onto a classic service lane of historical worker’s cottages and tool sheds; therefore the environment  naturally informed the industrial-style materials. ”



With limited interior walls and a simple curtain separating the bedroom from the living area and kitchen, the open-plan home can be used in an casual, spacious way or in a more formal manner. “The intention with not having walls, and

with having the large home windows, would be that the space becomes one light-filled room, and the whole house can be utilized at once, ” Weir says. “At night time, the curtain can be drawn and you have your privacy. ”

The large, low windows accept the outside in and blur the boundaries of the little house, creating a bigger sense of space.

Right here, a friend’s dog, Xolo, provides the space a test run.

The achievements of this small house is a testament to the architect’s strong working relationship together with his customer. “Karin was really hands-on, she even built some cabinetwork and installed her studio ceiling. She caused us
all the way

to make sure every design choice worked with the style and mindset of the home, ” Weir says.

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