A Weekend House in the World's Happiest Country by

Issue 92 · Happier at Home · September 30, 2013

A Weekend House in the World's Happiest Country

Issue 92 · Happier at Home · September 30, 2013

According to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Australia is the world's happiest country for the third year running (we're No. 6 here in the US). The upside to life Down Under? A good economy—and we have to think that climate and natural beauty have something to do with it. Plus, perhaps, good architecture?

Melbourne-based Wolveridge Architects aim to create houses that are "beautiful and enrich the lives of their occupants." (Plus they promise to return clients' calls promptly and say they'll pay $100 to the charity of your choosing if ever a day lapses.) Our favorite project from their portfolio? Not the sprawling modernist beach houses the firm is known for but a converted knackery, a last-stop for horses, partly reconstructed to become a weekend house in the bush of Trafalgar in Victoria's east.

Photographs by Albert Comper via Wolveridge Architects.

Wolveridge Architects Nak House Remodelista

Above: Wolveridge inserted a modern living space within the concrete block structure.

Wolveridge Architects Nak House Remodelista Living Room

Above: Light floods the interior.

Wolveridge Architects Nak House Remodelista Living Room

Above: A dining area with an unexpected blue painted stairway.

Wolveridge Architects Nak House Remodelista Kitchen

Above: The kitchen is rough yet refined.

Wolveridge Architects Nak House Remodelista Corner

Above: A corner window overlooks the surrounding landscape.

Wolveridge Architects Nak House Remodelista Stools

Above: A lounging corner.

Wolveridge Architects Nak House Remodelista Exterior

Above: The rear deck.

More inspirational architecture? Go straight to our Architecture & Interiors posts, and for decorating ideas and color palettes, get lost in Home Inspiration. Looking to hire design help? For our list of recommended architects and designers around the world, see the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.



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