When you’re on the market for a new home, there are a number of factors you need to consider. Is it located in a nice neighbourhood? How many rooms does it have? But one factor you probably haven’t considered is whether it’s weird and wonderful enough.
Australia is home to some of the weirdest and most celebrated architecturally designed homes. From award winning designs to the downright weird, here are five of Australia’s most wonderful homes.
- Drew House, Queensland
This unusual house was designed by Simon Laws, Anthill Constructions at Seventeen Seventy, just south of Gladstone for photographer Marian Drew and her family. The house is designed to be a kind of luxury campsite and draws inspiration from sugar mills which were a large part of the family’s history. Covered walkways connect the living and sleeping pods to large outdoor dining and living areas. Read more about the design here.
- The Crest Castle, Victoria
One fit for the fairytales, the 1980s Crest Castle features 11 bedrooms and nine bathrooms and it situated on a 4392 square metre block. Located on the edge of rural Melbourne in Research, Crest Castle once operated as a bed and breakfast and provided guests with the perfect retreat in a beautiful bushland setting. The house sold to a NSW Anglican minister for $1.68 million after it spent 1,447 days on the market.
- Klein Bottle House, Victoria
Architects McBride Charles Ryan has won numerous prestigious awards, including the World Best House award in 2009 and the AIA’s Robin Boyd Award in 2008, for its Klein Bottle house. The Mornington Peninsula property draws its design inspiration from the Klein Bottle with experimental geometry revolving around a central courtyard and a grand regal stair which connects all the levels. The holiday house is located within the tee-tree on the sand dunes, a short distance from the wild 16 beach.
- Torquay House, Victoria
Torquay House is a two-storey property designed by Wolveridge Architects and built in 2012 from a series of modern containers. The three-bedroom coastal house was consciously built to avoid the east and west outlooks, instead, it provides amazing views to the north and south. The house made the shortlist for Houses Awards 2012 and Victorian Architecture Awards 2013. View the stylish house here.
- Clifftop House, Victoria
Built on the edge of a cliff along the Great Ocean Road, this house is not one for the faint-hearted. Surrounded by national parks, the home was designed by Nick Karalis from Woods Bagot and features an infinity lap pool and uninterrupted views of the ocean. Read more about the clifftop house here.