KARRI FIRE HOUSE
Located on a rural subdivision in Denmark, Western Australia, the aptly named Karri House is situated in a 30m tall, dense Karri forest, adjacent to a national park. Although the house is modest in size, there were several factors that necessitated rethinking conventional house design, which ultimately produced a more complex brief for this project. Karri House is designed to respond to extreme bushfire events, which equate to Bushfire Attack Level 40 (BAL40) of the Australian Standard, the second highest level of bushre design. This level of exposure accommodated specific design requirements and materials that would ensure protection from burning embers, radiant heat and flame contact. The Karri Fire House was awarded a Commendation Award at the 2015 WA Architecture Awards, by the Australian Institute of Architects.
Designed in collaboration with Ian Weir Architect