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