In the hills west of Maleny, a new family home of stone, timber, concrete and glass has risen amongst an idyllic 110 acre rural setting. With strong, chiselled facades, the residence stretches along an east-west axis, opening up an expansive northern aspect, drinking in sunlight and emerald views. Surrounded by four acres of manicured gardens and lawns, the home forges a strong connection with its environment through integrated courtyards, gardens and paths. The pavilion home, named Two Roads residence, has been awarded a trifecta of titles in the 2016 Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards. The home won House of the Year, Best House in the over $2 million class, and Best Kitchen. The designers on the job were Matt Cooper of Aspect Architecture and Mosaic Property Group interior designer Margie Sullivan. Two Roads’ owners were also intimately involved in the design and delivery of the project. Constructed by Mosaic Construction, part of Mosaic Property Group, the project began with three months of earthworks. “To maximise the advantage of this stunning location, but to also ensure that the building sat within the landscape with a strong environmental sustainability focus and seamless integration into the surrounding landscape, considerable effort, time, resource and money went into the initial site works,” say the owners.
Expert artisan tradesmen, including three stonemasons, worked alongside the construction company to create what the owners describe as “a very high level of bespoke finish throughout the project”. On a large scale, Two Roads residence forms part of the masterplan of the 110 acre farm. Above all it is a working farm, where the family breeds Brangus cattle and quarter horses. The carefully planned property also includes guest cabins, sheds, workshops, a manager’s residence, a horse arena and cattle yards. The home, with a floor plan of more than 1000 square metres, is situated well inside the property boundaries on a private north-facing ridge overlooking the Curramore Ranges. Spatially, the design concept sees the house as a series of pavilions that allow comfortable, flexible living throughout the day and seasons. Staggered off a central axis, prevailing breezes are allowed to move through the home. The thermal mass of concrete floors and stone clad masonry walls soak up sunlight during the day and release warmth during the evening. A generous, covered verandah allows the family to enjoy the indoor-outdoor lifestyle demanded by the Queensland climate. As this region is one of the wettest in the state, the generous covered areas and large living spaces are crucial for a growing family during extended periods of rain. The award-winning kitchen stays true to the home’s material driven palette, featuring polished concrete benchtops, seamless handcrafted cabinetry in American oak, high-end fittings and a solid stone sink. The pièce de résistance is a 4.5 metre cantilevered concrete island bench. Enormously heavy and created in situ, the home’s owners describe it as an engineering work of art. Above all, Two Roads residence is designed for easy living, where “everyone can find their own space when needed”, say the owners. “It’s a beautiful place to live for a family.”
Words by Alice Thompson | Images by Alanna McTiernan