Alberto admits it was a stressful time, particularly during the panel erection. ‘I had some moments when I came close to a complete meltdown,’ he recalls. The structural connections that held the building together were comprised of intricate cast-in elements. ‘We had instances where these elements were misaligned or in the wrong position. We had to make decisions on the fly in concert with the structural engineer. I’m proud of our team of consultants, subcontractors and suppliers assembled for the project.’
During this project, Alberto and the team turned to Anthony Ivanhoe of Urban Cranes. ‘During the extremely testing moments, he always had my back,’ he says.
The material palette introduces different textures ranging from raw concrete for the structural panels and flooring to tactile timber for arches, kitchen joinery and curvaceous balustrades. The insulated polycarbonate sheeting brings soft light to the interior spaces.
During the build, the construction was managed by Alberto, with their four employees – the construction manager, contract administrator, estimator and in-house architect. From here, the firm brought in a raft of specialist trade contractors and suppliers.
‘Our concretors, carpenters, plumbers and electricians and other finishing trades were our tried-and-tested teams. They rose to the challenge and were awesome,’ Alberto says. ‘Whenever we had an issue, they worked with us to quickly overcome it. I take my hat off to them because it was a really challenging build.’
One of these difficulties was installing a triple-glazed motorised roof hatch from Gorter Hatches in Germany. It allows for safe access to the rooftop terrace and reveals a spectacular view of the Perth skyline.
Owners Angelo and Kasiani, together with their three-year-old son Dario, are now well settled in their home. Meanwhile, Alberto is looking forward to taking on the next special project. ‘I dealt with massive amounts of stress during the project but willingly took it on. I thrive on the challenge of complex construction. I love collaborating with architects and engineers to solve difficult problems and discover new ways of doing things. We want to challenge the status quo and hope to be the changemakers in our industry.’