Doonan Glass House
Sarah Waller Architecture
Noosa, QLD, Australia

Words James Lyall Smith
Project Specification
Project Name: Doonan Glass House
Project Type: Residential ,
Location: Noosa, QLD, Australia
Lead Architect: Sarah Waller ,
Area: 660m2 ,
Project Year: 2015 ,
Photographer: Paul Smith Images, Villa Styling & Anastasia
Builder: Sarah Waller ,

Sarah Waller of Sarah Waller Architecture takes on the role of lead architect, chief builder and client to design and build her family home on the Sunshine Coast.

With her extensive design background and expertise as a licensed builder Sarah embraced the creative freedom to create a home inspired by the simplicity and sophistication of mid-century modern architecture. Intrinsically involved in every step of the process from the design and build, through to the final styling and decorative touches, Sarah’s Sunshine Coast home pairs beautiful form and function.

A Restrained Palette And Clean Lines Define The Minimalist Kitchen Which Pairs Functionality With Striking Sculptural Fo

Sarah wanted to design a family home that could also function as a stunning showcase for her architectural studio Sarah Waller Architecture. Sarah drew inspiration from post war architecture, as well as Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glasshouse. Sarah created a design that focused on the use of glass and the transparency of the home which enabled a seamless integration into the landscape.

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I Love That You Have All The Comforts Of Indoors, Yet You Really Feel Part Of The Landscape

With her extensive design background and expertise as a licensed builder Sarah embraced the creative freedom.

Indulgent Bathing Options From The Award Winning Monochrome Master Bathroom Extend To The Outside

A tropical feel pervades the lush landscaping which envelops the house and steps down the tiered block to create a resort-like feel poolside. Simple mass tropical planting with uplit feature trees are the basis of landscape design. Taking style cues from the Modernist Palm Springs pools popular during the ’50s, a similar look is evoked with a streamlined resort style linear pool, offset with a chic cabana furnished with casual pieces ideal for relaxing and soaking up the sweeping views.

Inside Architectural Features Are Beautifully Illuminated
Punctuate The Open Plan Layout And Reflect The Linear Monochrome Feel Throughout.

The home’s minimalist appeal is accentuated with a timeless black and white palette inside and out. Texture is introduced with plants and the tactile surfaces, such as the white terrazzo floors, which flow throughout.

Sarah Embraced The Creative Freedom To Create A Home Inspired By The Simplicity And Sophistication Of Mid Century Modern

Sarah wanted to design a family home that could also function as a stunning showcase for her architectural studio Sarah Waller Architecture.

Simple Mass Tropical Planting With Uplit Feature Trees Are The Basis Of Landscape Design.

A restrained palette and clean lines define the minimalist kitchen which pairs functionality with striking sculptural form. Generous island benches in fine matt black laminate and marble-look porcelain, punctuate the open plan layout and reflect the linear monochrome feel throughout. The inner workings of the kitchen are cleverly contained within a deceptively cavernous black box, where open shelves, additional bench space and a butler’s sink are convenient yet out of sight.

Taking Style Cues From The Modernist Palm Springs Pools Popular During The '50s, A Similar Look Is Evoked With A Streaml
Through To The Final Styling And Decorative Touches

Walls of glass spanning the length of the home, blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces and allow an abundance of natural light to stream through, imbuing warmth and unimpeded views of the verdant surrounds. A mix of concealed task lights and custom designed feature pendants form the layered lighting scheme which creates ambience at night with a flick of a switch. Inside architectural features are beautifully illuminated, while outside soaring coconut palm trees and architectural frangipanis are up-lit amongst the landscape.

To Manage The Entire Process And Bring It All Together Is Incredibly Satisfying And Now We're Living And Experiencing Th
We Wake Up With The Sun And Experience The Subtle Changes In Weather Throughout The Day.

Ultimatley Sarah Waller was able to balance the pressures of being a owner, client, builder and architect to create a beautiful family residence in her adopted home land.

Where A Deep Free Standing Bath Secluded By Greenery Adds To The Home’s Relaxed Holiday Feel.

Walls of glass spanning the length of the home, blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Where Open Shelves, Additional Bench Space And A Butler's Sink Are Convenient Yet Out Of Sight.
Which Creates Ambience At Night With A Flick Of A Switch
While Outside Soaring Coconut Palm Trees And Architectural Frangipanis Are Up Lit Amongst The Landscape.
With Her Extensive Design Background And Expertise As A Licensed Builder
Yet A Move From The Uk To Australia Offered Her The Opportunity To Design And Build Something Unique For Herself And Her
A Mix Of Concealed Task Lights And Custom Designed Feature Pendants Form The Layered Lighting Scheme
A Tropical Feel Pervades The Lush Landscaping Which Envelops The House And Steps Down The Tiered Block To Create A Resor
Blur The Distinction Between Indoor And Outdoor Spaces And Allow An Abundance Of Natural Light To Stream Through, Imbuin
Enveloped Almost Entirely In Glass, The Expansive Outlook Provides An Ever Changing View From The Master Bedroom.
Walls Of Glass Spanning The Length Of The Home
You Get A True Appreciation That Beyond Its Aesthetic Qualities It Has A Wonderful Feel
Sometimes I Have To Pinch Myself It's Ours.
The Inner Workings Of The Kitchen Are Cleverly Contained Within A Deceptively Cavernous Black Box Clad In Nanotech Fenix
Sarah's Home Pairs Beautiful Form And Function.

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Published 10 April, 2019
Photography  Paul Smith Images, Villa Styling & Anastasia
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