Developed by Zerni in partnership with Minnow Studio architects, Whipbird is a luxurious home, seated on an extraordinary site in rural Australia. The T-shaped property was designed to steadily reveal the magic of the location, gradually unveiling breathtaking views of the Noosa Hinterland and coast. Up on the crest of the peaceful ridgeline, the only sounds are stirred by the breeze and humming whipbirds. The simple, brutalist home design constructs a secluded sanctuary in the wide open environment, laying strong linear forms against nature’s beauty. Inside, a tactile, raw palette calms the living spaces. Bedrooms and bathrooms prioritize simplicity and tranquility. Terraces connect to the pool, tennis court, and gardens, creating a harmonious indoor-outdoor retreat.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]
Photographer: Timothy Kaye  

The brutalist house exterior cuts sharply into the grass-covered verge, overlooking the wild forest below. Concrete steps form tiered seating in the descent. The T-shaped house construction places the open-plan living area and an outdoor living and dining area in front of a stunning ocean panorama.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

A frameless, dual-aspect window opens up the corner of a games lounge, drinking in natural daylight.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Glass doors connect the main living space to a wide pool terrace. Deep planters cut away the concrete, dissolving the structure into the natural habitat.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Outdoor chaise lounge chairs furnish the sun terrace, creating a place to hang out and chat with the swimmers.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Massive windows make the most of the fabulous views on every side of the property, which is arguably in Noosa Hinterland’s most breathtaking location.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The modern exterior features a flat roofline that skims the horizon.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Outdoor wall lights illuminate a covered terrace.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

A covered terrace wraps the house, building a continuous, looping walkway.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Inside the private family room, which is tucked away from the communal living space, a modern gray sofa curves around the perimeter to create a cozy atmosphere. A comfortable black lounge chair reclines by the modern fireplace.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

In the larger, main living space, two warm red sofas face across the room to create a welcoming space for guests and family gatherings. A glass coffee table with an architectural metal base makes a striking yet lightweight centerpiece. See more inspiration for red couch living spaces.

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The living room opens into a luxurious kitchen with a large island. A partition wall hides away the scullery. At the very back of the communal wing, there is a small powder room and a laundry room.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Modern artwork brings the living room’s red accent theme out onto the terrace to achieve a cohesive flow.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The games room is furnished with an L-shaped tufted sofa arrangement. A home bar is backed with mirror to reflect the natural light and the view.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Huge, pivoting doors crack open the side of the games room, exposing it to the glorious green surroundings and the breeze.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Even the narrow scullery has a wide-open view on both sides. Wooden kitchen cabinets construct a smooth and sophisticated aesthetic that complements the green panorama.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The master suite is spread over the top floor. The primary suite includes a large dressing room, ensuite bathroom, private living area, and a spacious home office.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The bedroom lounge is separated from the sleep space by a travertine-clad dividing wall with a dual-aspect fireplace. The bedroom and bathroom designs on the property communicate simplicity, favoring visual peace over stimuli. Emphasis is placed on the tactile experience of luxury materials and sleek geometry.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Much of the clearing is designated for the encompassing gardens.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Concrete terraces lead to the tennis court, sunbathing area and pool, car parking, and courtyard gardens.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

On the ground floor of the house, there is a second master suite and three more bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The second master bedroom suite also boasts a large walk-in wardrobe.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The stone kitchen island forms a luxe focal point in the main living space, where it paints beautiful natural texture into the neutral decor scheme. The Ocean Blue travertine was sourced by Artedomus from a single quarry in Italy.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The monolithic kitchen island complements a backdrop of wooden kitchen units. The floor-to-ceiling expanse of handless doors conceals more prep space and food storage.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The kitchen sink faces the sitting area of the living room, allowing the user to chat with the family or guests while completing their task.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Black kitchen appliances darkly punctuate the light wood cabinets.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

A black dining table and modern dining chairs expand upon the black colorway.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The landscape softens the hard lines of the Brutalist aesthetic.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Borders are blurred between exterior and interior spaces, creating a relaxed vacation atmosphere.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

A small courtyard design nestles into the space between the cozy family room and the triple garage. The terrace here accesses a mud room and two outdoor storage chambers, which contain the HVAC and AC.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Pale gray brickwork is underlined with black wood paneling, adding visual weight to the simple structure.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The terraces cultivate a close relationship between the homeowners and their natural surroundings.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The looping walkway brings the owners outside to navigate the property, rather than journeying only indoors.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The master bathroom has an extraordinarily textured design that resembles a high noise filter on a photographic image.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

The tub and the bathroom vanity unit become camouflaged in the textural noise.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Black bathroom fixtures fit darkly into the shadowy gray setting.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

A large, mirrored cabinet reflects the light and makes the bathroom feel more spacious.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Peace and tranquility fills every inch of the home.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Landscaping adds interesting layers and wonderful depth to the outlook.

A Brutalist But Serene Abode In The Australian Countryside [Video]

Floor plan.

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Upper floor plan.

Videography by Ryan Wehi.

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