The late Harry Seidler is arguably Australia’s most well-renowned architect, known throughout the world for his progressive style, with more than 180 buildings changing the face of Australian architecture. It comes as no surprise that this architect’s works have become destinations for the design-inspired and with The Southern Highlands Seidler House you can now experience his genius first hand.
Built into a sandstone escarpment beside the Wingecarribee River near Bowral, in New South Wales, the four-bedroom home is now available as accommodation for travellers, a weekend getaway or extended stays.
Set on 150 acres of natural bushland, the home displays two beautifully opposed white curved roofs, echoing the curves of the hills in which it is set while creating an obvious contrast. The unique location also ensures privacy, with no other properties visible from your private mountain retreat.
Visitors can relax in the open-plan living spaces with floor-to-ceiling glass windows peering across the river and into the gullies beyond, or watch the clouds roll by while floating in the pool – also set into the natural rock formations.
Perhaps one of the most stunning features of the home is the cantilevered viewing deck that extends out into the air above the gorge and the living room where the escarpment seems to drop away before you, revealing uninterrupted views.
“It’s a partnership with nature – we fitted the house into its setting,” said the architect, Harry Seidler, of this dramatic residence. “I want to defy gravity as Italian engineer, Pier Lugi Nervi did while creating something in 3 dimensions that is poetic and beautiful” – Harry Seidler.
While we may not all be able to enjoy the feeling of an architectural-designed home, and only a handful have ever lived in a Seidler home, it is nice to know that beautifully designed homes such as this are still accessible to us, even if it is just for the weekend.