Luxury Weekend Haven

Detail 9 Architects and Doherty Design Studio worked together to create a ‘lock and leave’ weekend retreat that would sit quietly within it’s idyllic bush setting in Thornton, Australia.

  • Year 2018
  • Location Thornton, Australia,
  • Type House,
  • With such a simple set of requirements, the home was designed as a comfortable and low maintenance retreat for the owners throughout the year with the ability to easily expand and accommodate friends and relatives when needed.

    Cut into the hillside, and designed as three separate pavilions connected by glass linkways the dwelling uses earthy tones and materials to delineate each pavilion as living or sleeping space. Simple roof forms are used to effectively capture rainwater which is used throughout the home and garden.

    The home was oriented to maximise both thermal comfort and to frame views. Each room in the house frames an entirely different part of the exquisite landscape which can change from tranquil rolling hills to dry landscape in a season. The pavilion design has enabled the owners to create a garden which seamlessly integrates with the home.

    The open deck which links each of the pavilions and enables the home to be opened up to a generous platform providing the perfect space to stretch out and enjoy the great outdoors.

    Architecture: Detail 9 Architects
    Interior Design: Doherty Design Studio
    Contractor: Hedger Constructions
    Landscape Design: Jela Ivankovic-Waters
    Photography: Derek Swalwell