In 1980 The magazine, House and Garden, in their Yearbook, featured a property situated in a most private and secluded setting at 14 -16 Brightview Ave Blackwood Adelaide City, South Australia.
The building was designed by prominent Australian Architect, Peter Villis . It was the result of his association with Professor Koshio Kawashima (President of the Institute of Architects in Tokyo ) . Peter Villis was given a brief to design a building that achieved a spacious feel whilst opening itself to the garden setting. To that end, the whole north side of the building is floor to ceiling glass.
Japanese architecture is based on the Buddhist ethic of being at one with nature. This building personifies that idea and is a Masterworks of Peter Villis. It remains as significant now, architecturally as it was then.
The style and charisma that drew applause from the press at the time of construction is even more evident as the building mellows twenty seven years on.
Villis designed and constructed creatively at a commensurate quality.
He sought to have all of the bricks brought by truck especially from The Bendigo White Clay Brickworks in Victoria. The whole building was constructed inside and out with face-brick finish using a specially prepared white Mortar . All the windows were custom made of Western Red Cedar. All windows are double-glazed to maintain a constant temperature year round and to contain heat in winter. Additionally the double glazing creates a silence in the building that is stunning to say the least.
The building is designed to embrace the slope it rests on and opens up to offer five levels of living. Three of the levels separate individual bedroom suites, all with ensuite bathrooms.
Each is unique as one is a double bathroom with dressing room whilst another includes an ensuite sauna whilst a third is self-contained with an ensuite bathroom equipped with a spa bath suitable for up to four people. This room would make an ideal apartment for guests or parents retreat / teenager studio. It includes its own kitchen.
The whole side of the building is glass taking all available sunlight in winter whilst preventing excess heat in summer due to the double-glazing. Visually the building is stunning to say the least. It has been most recently the subject of three national Television shows and two in the European Union as the present owner has used the ground floor suite as an overnight stay for couples wanting the Japanese experience without leaving Australia!
Two living areas, one with full length balcony and the other also with balcony feature an open -fire with conversation -pit . A seperate dining area overlooking the garden is adjacent to the kitchen. A foyer with French-doors leads to the gardens and the kitchen has double ovens for entertaining plus cordon-bleau appointments including a commercial quality garbage disposal system and dishwasher.
A seperate pantry and ironing room with floor
to ceiling storage is adjacent to the laundry and a walk-through enables access
to a very cosy 4th bedroom with study desk and adjacent washroom with a bunk
-bed overhead for emergency accommodation! ..
The study boasts garden views also.
Outside, the fully developed garden was built using highest quality Wistow stone walls and the garden has been designed for minimum maintenance. No Lawns to mow.
A long concrete driveway leads to a massive garaging facility of 150 sq.metres capable of storing up to nine cars or alternatively caravans boats etc or could be given over to extra indoor leisure space.
This most unusual building of a quality and design rarely seen in Adelaide will appeal to the most discerning architectonic of housing enthusiasts as it is free of stylization and or fetish design that permeates the Australian domestic landscape.
The present owner has enjoyed a Frank Sinatra
Lifestyle at tree-top level for the past eighteen years and regrettfully will
move to satisfy business interests elsewhere.
This home is in its original condition, it has not suffered any renovations or changes that would alter its original charisma.
Please contact vendor on 0412 178 026The dwelling can be purchased as decorated if required.
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