Sculptural home offers emotional wellbeing and a green heart

This strong and surprising architectural home by Wolf Architects responds to the emotional needs of the owner and the sustainable imperatives of our planet

Designed by Taras Wolf, Wolf Architects

From the architects:

Responding to today’s market yearning for deeper emotional connections, our homeowner was in tune with how she wanted to feel from the outset.

In response, the architecture evokes the owner’s emotional vision – a strong modern ambience without feeling extreme, thus creating an environment that feels secure, comfortable and relaxed. This was achieved through addressing materiality, lighting, proportion and functionality.

This is a modern 7-bedroom mansion composed across three levels. The flow of spaces creates the opportunity of interacting in robust family zones, while establishing more personal, intimate spaces where required.

A design sympathetic to the environment and classical surroundings was particularly important. As part of this, landscape, architecture, and interiors are considered as equal parts of the whole.

The exterior of the home is elegant, timeless and mindful of the surrounding neighbourhood. The result is an understated, contemporary home with a clean, minimalistic look that feels luxurious without being ostentatious.

The house sits on a significantly sloping site of over 5m, with excellent views and northern light to the rear. Behind the straight lines of the bold façade, an entirely unexpected interior awaits. 

The home’s split–level nature with dynamic interior spaces is paired with the key focus which was to harness a strong connection with nature and the outdoors. The home blurs the line between inside and out and delivers unexpected light-filled tranquility.

A Zen water garden unites large his and hers office spaces, linked by a generous timber corridor, which leads through to the dramatic living room and entertainment area.

The interior’s architectural detailing helps define the robust yet elegantly grand spaces. Natural daylight, improved airflow and ambience is maximised by an internal courtyard.

High-quality natural and synthetic materials ensure durability and longevity, something central to the homeowner’s brief. 

Genuine brass trimmings seen on handrails, door handles and feature lighting add a quiet luxury to the home’s earthy palette that references the owner’s down to earth character.

Prioritising enhanced sustainability, a solar farm on the roof, insulation, double glazing and water recycling all contribute to an energy-efficient home. 

Plus, the agreed intent to use Australian designed and made products where possible, contributes to sustaining the local design industry.

Quality and timeless materials were conscientiously selected to adhere to ethical production, low environment impact and to further long term sustainability.

Through clever use of architectural forms and thoughtful material choices we have produced a home filled with hard finishes which appear soft, fixed materials which appear to move and solid materials which appear to float.

These aesthetic elements alongside lush gardens, luxurious polished plasters and subtle lighting achieves the tranquil environment that the owner was looking for.

A close attention to detail combined with genuine passion and care mean every aspect has been crafted to contribute towards the home’s emotional gratification – achieving a sense of luxe without bling.

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Credit list

Interior designer
Penny Del Castillo, In Design International
Kitchen designer
Wolf Architects
Nathan Burkett Landscape Architecture
Pool installer
Aloha Pools
Lysaght Trimdek
Engineered timber Flooring
Hallway and yoga room – polished plaster; living area – Woodwall by Elton Group and composite stone by Dekton; bedrooms – Domino by Elitis and Arte Bark by Arte-International
General heating
Hydronic in-slab heating; ducted Heating by Griepink & Ward
Feature lighting
Entry, hallway, dining and master bedroom – Christopher Boots
Dining table/chairs
Bespoke table and Mila chairs, from Franco Crea
Interior architecture
Wolf Architects
Leone Constructions
Kitchen manufacturer
E&C Joinery
Pool design
Wolf Architects/Nathan Burkett Landscape Architecture
Render by Unitex; bluestone tiles, from Beaumont Tiles; bricks by Daniel Robertson, metal, by Metal Cladding Systems
Window/door joinery
Designer Doorware
Bathroom tiles
Dekton by Cosentino; Signorino, Perini, Durastone by Reece – from Beaumont Tiles
Dulux – Timeless Grey; Lexicon quarter; Monument; Woodland Grey; Subdue half
Pure Vision and Element by Real Flame; gas fire by Escea
Living area furniture
GlobeWest; Franco Poli; The Rug Establishment
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Sophie Tomaras, Damien Kook

29 Nov, 2020

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