Natural Warmth – Australis by Sealand Architects and CLO Studios

Words by Bronwyn Marshall
Architecture by Sealand Architects
Photography by David Chatfield
Interior Design by CLO Studios
Styling by CLO Studios
Landscape Design Steven Clegg Design

As a fusing of traditional familiarity and contemporary warmth, Australis captures the essence of its removed locale through a textural and naturally rich palette. Together with CLO Studios, Sealand Architects proposes an enveloping home that openly connects to the surrounds, cocooning from the inside out.

Nestled deep into the Noosa Hinterland, Australis feels both removed and calmed by its natural siting, seeing a generously deep overhang create an ideal verandah to take in the elements. Combining several approaches, the overarching intent was for the home to feel considerably placed, as well as a build that reflects both the history and the known and expected vernacular for the area. The resulting form draws inspiration from the early 1900s gable roof forms, woven together with the lightness of the early Queenslander home. In its simplicity, the home feels lightly placed, seeing its linear formation create a sense of presence whilst increasing access to natural daylight. With architecture by Sealand Architects and interior design by CLO Studios, every element has been considered to create a consistent feel throughout.

A softness in tone and materiality was intended to bind all of the elements together and continue a story of retreat and recharge from the offset.

Australis sits quietly amongst the landscape, focusing on the experience of being sheltered within and creating a home of warmth. Allowing for personalisation, an internal openness embeds a flexibility to the planning and functionality, where elements and furniture can be updated and rearranged as needed over time to adapt to life’s changing conditions. A softness in tone and materiality was intended to bind all of the elements together and continue a story of retreat and recharge from the offset.

Throughout the home, openings beyond the interior ensure a connection to place. From the overall form to the openings and transitions between inside and out and the furniture itself, every element has been considered for its longevity and enduring nature. As a nod to the lush natural setting the home sits amongst, textural and locally sourced timber is used heavily – but also with restraint to allow a calming sensibility and to avoid a woodland feel. Together with stone and concrete, Australian hardwood defines the home, ensuring the structure will remain timeless in its endeavour to stay true to its place.

Together with stone and concrete, Australian hardwood defines the home, ensuring the structure will remain timeless in its endeavour to stay true to its place.

Connecting to the natural, Australis by Sealand Architects and CLO Studios engages in a dialogue with its enviable and rural location whilst retaining a considered and contemporary refinement. The build expertly balances the modern lifestyle, staying faithful and connected to its location.