Heart of Glass

by @helenbarnett on Sunday, 10 Dec,2017

We can always rely on IN Noosa Magazine homewares editor Helen Barnett to source amazing locations for our photoshoots. When Helen described a glass house set high on a golf course boundary in our very own Doonan, we couldn’t schedule the photoshoot fast enough.

As we walked across the manicured grass down a landscaped path towards a lowline home that seemed to float on the land, we instantly fell in love. Architect, Doonan local and mother-oftwo Sarah Waller always wanted to create her own haven in the form of a glass house. Originally from England, Sarah knew a home made mainly of glass would only be possible in sunny Australia.

“This is a house I’ve always wanted to design,” Sarah says. “A glass house in England was never going to be possible. “This is our third home in Australia and when we found this block, we knew it was perfect.”

For Sarah, a glass home was a chance to bask in the sunshine while indulging in a desire to create an iconic residence. “It’s really a showcase of what I do," she said. "It is a space that is exposed to the elements but I love to see the sun come in on the floor. We get a lovely cross-ventilation breeze and I think that’s a really nice feeling.”

As the architect and builder of the project, it created a great opportunity for Sarah to prove what could be achieved with passion, perseverance and attention to detail. The home sits on a white concrete slab that appears to float on the land and features expansive walls of glass and a near-flat roof reminiscent of the 1950s Modern Movement. Clean lines and a simplistic colour palette create a soothing and calm atmosphere that relaxes the senses. The monochrome colour palette is neither oppressive or moody. Here, it is sleek and surprisingly warming, anchoring the lightness of the glass design to the land that surrounds it.

The floorplan features four bedrooms all with clever storage and oversized windows that create an unbroken connection with the outdoors.

“I love that we have all the comforts of indoors, yet we really feel part of the landscape. We wake up with the sun and experience the subtle changes in weather throughout the day,” she says.

Expansive open-plan living spaces feature large stacking doors that create a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor living areas. Floor-to-ceiling louvre windows have been installed throughout to catch the fresh breezes that flow across the golf course and luxury White Terrazzo floors add an understated element of modern style.

Set in the heart of the home is the award-winning gourmet kitchen that bucks the traditional design trends, choosing instead to sit independently in the centre of an open space. The inner workings of the kitchen are cleverly contained within the island benches while the open shelves, additional bench space and butler’s pantry are kept out of sight.

It’s no surprise that Sarah’s design studio is also attached to this stunning space. It is a great showcase for Sarah’s work and offers a great opportunity to provide inspiration for clients.

Outside, the pool and cabana pay homage to the Modernist Palm Springs pool of the 1950s making it the perfect location for the IN Noosa Magazine summer homewares shoot. Add lush tropical landscaping and sweeping views over the valley and you have a stunning, resortinspired space that we simply couldn’t pass up as out on-site location for this edition. See the full shoot in the homewares section. The Doonan Glasshouse is also available on Air BnB for select periods of the year and for exclusive corporate events.

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