Currawong House – a modern sanctuary
Between Olive Cooke’s design sensibilities and Henry Tervenski’s building knowledge as Director of Morada Build, their new home in Ewingsdale was never going to be ordinary.
They wanted a sanctuary, a simple, modern home that would feel secluded while offering warmth, character and energy. Davis Architects would help achieve their vision, with considered positioning of the home on the acre block, and a design that draws the surrounding landscape inside.
Currawong House celebrates modernism through its clean lines, white rendered walls, flat roof and secluded landscaped gardens that enhance the vibe of intimacy. Every room in the house provides garden access, either directly or through visual connection. “When you’re inside with all the doors pulled back you feel really connected to the outdoors,” says Henry.
The landscaping was designed by Olive’s sister, Effie Cooke, who has created spaces that complement the home perfectly, with the practical benefits of stunning beauty, privacy and engaging usability.
The interiors are an eclectic mashup of design forms and craft techniques. Each of the three bathrooms has its own unique feel, from the energetic Palladiana-style stone pattern across every surface of the master ensuite to the lush, creamy finish of the Japanese wall tiles and Cotto Manetti terracotta floor in the third bathroom.
Authentic vintage pieces and complementary modern finds add splashes of colour and a personal touch to the interiors that enhance the feeling of homey warmth. Pivotal in the delivery of warmth, of course, is the sleek in-built Stuv 21 fireplace, which mirrors the horizontal lines of the surrounding built form with harmonious perfection.
Immaculate attention to detail throughout has ensured Currawong House is exactly the sanctuary its owners had hoped for.
Photography – Andy Macpherson