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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Outdoor Design -

It’s been a decade since Robert and Anne Hadley com­pleted their dream home over­look­ing the Glass House Moun­tains, an hour north of Bris­bane in the Sun­shine Coast hin­ter­land. The 2000sqm block on the Maleny ridge­line, with views to More­ton Bay and the Gold Coast, was deemed per­fect for a home that would meld raw ma­te­ri­als with mod­ernist sim­plic­ity.

“You smile from the time you en­ter the front rusty iron gate and take in the view across the Ja­panese tem­ple gar­den,” Robert says. “Open­ing the huge front door re­veals the Glass House Moun­tains in the dis­tance; the high walk­way with glass on ei­ther side trans­ports you to the bed­rooms. Ev­ery step in the house is mag­i­cal.”

Robert and Anne, who are self-con­fessed de­sign en­thu­si­asts, metic­u­lously out­lined their brief for a four-bed­room house to Bark De­signs ar­chi­tects Steve Guthrie and Linda Atkins, ref­er­enc­ing Pierre Koenig’s 1959 mod­ernist Stahl House and its ex­pan­sive views across the Los An­ge­les sky­line.

“We had very clear ideas as to what we wanted; we ad­mired the Cal­i­for­nian houses of the 1960s by Richard Neu­tra, Craig Ell­wood and Ru­dolph Schindler,” Robert ex­plains. And they knew Bark De­signs had a rep­u­ta­tion for

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