Suzanne Hunt’s country house project for an Australian couple who have retired to a well-deserved retirement

Artificial pond in front of the house

Two of the Wheelers' four daughters work several hours a day in the guest pavilion, helping their parents run the family business. The couple's many grandchildren are never bored here, because it's an endless exploration of such a vast property.

Two smaller pavilions, in basalt stone and with four-pitch roofs, are located on either side of the main building, which contains the pool and gym.

Transitions between buildings have curved earthwork walls that combine with ponds, courtyards and terraces to form a spectacular unity of indoor and outdoor spaces.

The interior of the house with wood paneling

Open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas flooded with daylight through panoramic windows. Impressive sculptural ceiling contributes to the visual division of the room into zones.

A dark bar counter in the living room

Custom-made furnishings, an abundance of natural textures, and the absence of solid walls allow residents to fully experience the benefits of the residence.

A cozy terrace by the house

Susanna Hunt managed to create a surprisingly harmonious image, able to bring joy and satisfaction every day. Tena Wheeler is still undecided as to which part of the house she likes best.

Marble tiles on the floor of the house
Black quartz countertops in the kitchen

Pictured here is the main entrance to the central pavilion, which contains the living room, dining room, library, conservatory and master bedroom with bathroom.

Unusually shaped window in the house

The home office is set up in the living room, but separated from the seating area by asymmetrical open shelving featuring Japanese figurines and ceramics from the Wheelers' personal collection.

Wooden asymmetric open shelving

The house is partially cut into one of the hillsides, greatly expanding the options for passive design. The interior of the pavilions is naturally sheltered from strong winds, blazing sun and nearby highway noise.

Transition between the buildings, made by earthen walls

The master bedroom in the main pavilion looks like a fashionable resort, and its comfort level matches that impression. At least having a separate bathroom and walk-in closet speaks for itself.

Dark furniture in the bedroom interior
Travertine tiles in the bathroom

Blinds let in air circulation, which is especially important on hot days.

The design of the unusual shape brown bathtub

Frameless corner windows distort the visual perception of an already complexly constructed space. The sky reflects in the smooth surface of the travertine tiles, making them as unstable as the water in the ponds close to the house.

Frameless corner windows in the house

Bedroom, kitchen and home office in one of two smaller pavilions.

Using boulders in scrap landscape design

In general, almost all of the materials used for this project are of local origin.

Artificial pond on patio

Today, long after the house was completed, the Wheeler family has no doubt the home will be comfortable, comfortable and modern for at least decades to come, with no major construction changes or financial investment necessary.

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