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Bedfordale | Suzanne Hunt Architect ARCHITECTS
The marina is surrounded by a vibrant
village activated with ample promenades,
shops and restaurants.
The design of this tranquil sanctuary was
inspiredby the retired clients’ love of Japanese
aesthetics,their connection to nature, and their
wish forenvironmental and financial sustainability
as they aged.
As this is to be their ‘forever house’, it
wasimportant that the design was adaptable
as theirneeds changed, while still feeling spacious
Suzanne Hunt Architect worked closely with
builder Gransden Constructions to turn this
50-acre site - bounded by bushland, with a creek
running through the middle - into a masterpiece.
The resulting home design consists of intimate,
single-level, basalt stone and slate pavilions
clustered along the hillside, interconnected by
a curvilinear rammed earth wall.
Large clay boulders uncovered during
excavation were crushed and used to form all the
earth walls and stone retaining walls, ensuring
the home is truly connected to the site.
Incorporating sustainable features, the north-
facing pavilions allowed for the integration of
20kw of solar PV cells into the design. The cells
are seamlessly assimilated into the slate roof with
the Nulock system.
As the site is not connected to mains water or
sewerage, two concrete above-ground water tanks,
were installed, capable of collecting up to 270kL
of rainwater for household use and pool top-ups,
along with an Aquarius Waste Treatment system.
The completed home is a stunning, resort-style
sanctuary with a sensual, timeless design,
where nature is encouraged to gently enter and
retreat as pavilions open up, transforming exterior
spaces into ‘roofless rooms’. Ponds, courtyards
and decks are purposely positioned to create
a seamless fusion of indoor and outdoor living.
There is a constant give and take between solid
and void, nature and building, inside and outside.
In keeping with traditional Japanese architecture
the uncluttered interior and minimalist furnishings
resonate a warmth and calmness, allowing the
building’s bones to become the decoration.
Suzanne Hunt Architect
250 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco
Phone (08) 9381 8436
Mob 0419 967 582
We b www.suzannehuntarchitect.com.au
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