The home: A deceptively simple design by Peter Stutchbury one of Australia's most influential and internationally awarded architects, sits high above Whale Beach on its sun drenched southern headland. Stutchbury created the 'Wedge House' between 1998 and 2000 for its current owners. Strikingly beautiful, the home is set on a private and idyllic site and divides its plan into two wedges, each responding intuitively to expansive, uninterrupted views of the sea and its horizon.
The feel: The lighter northern wedge is designed to fly beyond its anchored partner, diagonally outward across the site toward sky. Oriented to the north, its dramatic, cantilevered wing shelters open plan living, dining and cooking spaces. The southern wedge is nestled into the garden and courtyard, housing a main retreat with ensuite, walk-in robe and study. Multiple openings connect the living areas to gardens, views and ocean, while the enormous east-focused deck presents uninterrupted vistas across the Pacific.
The look: The Sydney Morning Herald describes it this way: "First and lasting impressions of Wedge House are of joyous movement. Of a sea eagle poised for flight; a sharp-prowed ship skimming the waves; an animated home quietly celebrating earth, sea and sky, landscape, life's journeys". Overall, the Peter Stutchbury structural design and the Phoebe Pape landscape architectural respect for and partnership with the land is evident; resulting in a striking masterwork.
- Comprised of two simple 'wedge' forms, each one complementing and balancing the other
- Internal spaces finished in a warm and robust palette of natural materials; honey coloured timber, polished concrete & exquisitely detailed joinery
- Northern wing with open plan living and unique, glass enclosed kitchen extends smoothly to level side gardens and the striking, cantilevered deck
- Southern wedge houses a main bedroom retreat, ensuite and study, offering an immediate connection to ocean vistas and surrounding gardens
- Two additional peaceful bedrooms, living space and bathroom nestled beneath the upstairs living area and deck; each opening fully to garden and/or ocean views ï¿½ designed to be either completely integrated or separated as a self-contained apartment
- Mosaic-tiled bathrooms, underfloor heating, combustion fireplace, outdoor shower
- DLUG with mezzanine storage
For in-depth material on Peter Stutchbury and the Wedge House go to: www.architecturalliving.com.au