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Architect Theo Mathews combined his love
of the ocean and surfing with his love of design
and construction when he moved to Margaret
River in 1973.
Since those early years, when Margaret River
was a small, sleepy country town, it has become an
international brand on the back of its world-beating
wines, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Many of those visitors have sought out
Theo’s architectural expertise to fulfill their idyll
of a ‘house in the country’ and a little piece of
their own paradise.
This award-winning house is one such project.
The location demanded an outstanding
architectural response and that has clearly been
achieved. Theo worked closely with the client
in developing the brief, selecting the site and
overseeing construction through to completion
of the furnished interior.
Perched high above the valley floor with views
to the Indian Ocean, the spectacular home
combines practical living with stunning use of
glazing to maximise the drama of the location.
An exacting design brief included a number
of bedroom suites with separate living spaces,
a gymnasium, study and workshop/studio,
a fully self-contained guest house, a helipad, and
state-of-the-art electronics, as well as automated
fire-fighting equipment and security.
Several covered outdoor areas as well as
a breathtaking infinity-edge swimming pool
are perched high above the natural ground
level, with views over the valley and beyond.
Excitement, practicality and drama characterise
While the practice of Mathews Johnston
Architects is not limited to the Yallingup-Margaret
River region, a number of iconic and benchmark
residential projects based on spectacular sites
have highlighted the opportunities for a successful
country-based practice such as this.
This Margaret River-based architectural practice draws inspiration
from the region’s natural beauty to create timeless designs.
Photography Olivier Marill
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