When designing the Noosa abode – the winner of the Australian Home of the Year title at the 2022 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards – the designer’s knew that the enviable river-front location had to take centre-stage.
Designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects and built by JW Constructions, the central courtyard is the heart of the home, draped in natural greenery and looking out towards the winding river.
The sleek swimming pool is no doubt one of the most standout features, designed to submerge into the haven-like basement below.
Three generous levels make up the five-bedroom house, which includes two entertainment rooms, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, games room and open-plan kitchen and dining.
The lush vegetation that drapes around the courtyard and exteriors can be seen from each room of the home, and carefully-selected natural materials, including timber accents, reinforce this connection with nature.
“Both the client and architect proposed concrete as the main building material throughout the dwelling, it was used on both the interior and exterior walls,” says Jason Warren, Director of JW Constructions. “While their application brought some challenges due to the complex and labor-intensive craftsmanship required, the resulting look alongside warm wood-grained accents creates a welcoming and textural interior and façade.”
The master bedroom boasts it own private garden that is cantilevered over the courtyard. The thoughtful composition of concrete and timber, warmed by accents of Gyprock plasterboard, creates an inviting and refreshing atmosphere.