A $20 million-plus T-shaped pavilion in a sharp brutalist style has emerged on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast market.
Named Whipbird, the geometric marvel comprises two wings and is dual level, with a mineral swimming pool and “bathing court” for lingering on after a dip, looking out to the breathtaking hinterland and waterline.
Inside 81 Panorama Drive in Doonan, in the Noosa Valley, are five bedrooms, with the upper floor dedicated to a main retreat with a rain-shower en suite, designer Escea fireplace and an office or library.
Price guiding is upwards of $20 million, developer Zerni confirmed.
The property is the work of Zerni alongside award-winning architect Jen Negline from Minnow Studio; interior stylists Space Furniture; landscape architects The Conlon Group, surfaces supplier Artedomus – who used Ocean Blue Travertine throughout the house, which is sourced from one quarry in Italy – stone manufacturers Granite Works, timber gurus Made by Storey and the Natural Brick Company, among others.
Agency 360 Property Group is looking after the listing, with expressions of interest closing on October 27.
Rustic materials speak to its naturally-beautiful address. The ground floor is low key yet striking, encased in black shiplap cladding, with handmade grey bricks and granite.
Dark walls were selected to harmonise with the rich foliage of the forest beyond and lighter accents above match the luminous sky.
The kitchen is made for a gathering, with a teppanyaki grill and wine fridges.
Six bathrooms in the property are decorated to reflect Mother Nature, including “monolithic hand-carved vanities”.
Louvres connect from handsome living zones to the terrace, where the buyer will find a 20-metre mineral pool, a tennis court and more than 16,000 native trees and plants softening the surroundings.
The property is named after the olive-green, white-breasted whipbirds which provide one of the most distinct sounds of the Aussie east-coast bush – a drawn-out note ending on a crescendo, like a whip crack.
Brutalism is an architectural type that emerged in the 1950s, after the war, focusing on showcasing bare materials, textures and construction. Its austerity is a response to the fussier, ornate styles – for example, art deco – that came before it.
In a statement, developer Jayden Zernich of Zerni says the house is designed as a private retreat overlooking the open space.
“The air felt clear, the whipbirds were humming, every sense was stimulated in the most calming, uncontrived way,” he says of visiting the site.
The vision became clear; to create a secluded and private reprieve from the open surrounds of the hinterland, where nature’s beauty is accentuated, and luxurious living is epitomised.
Negline says crafting the home was about honouring the “virtues” of its location, on a ridgeline.
“The brief called for a pragmatic, clever and honest response to the desire to live a peaceful life whilst enjoying the virtues of a very beautiful setting – a house that turns to the sun yet protects from it, looks outwards to the view yet cocoons you inside, is quiet and honest yet deeply atmospheric,” she says.
The median house price in Doonan is $1.7 million, which has dropped 2.9 per cent over the June 2023 quarter but represents a rise of 78.9 per cent over five years, according to the latest Domain figures.
Article source: Queensland Property Investor
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