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A Weekend House in the World’s Happiest Country

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A Weekend House in the World’s Happiest Country

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.

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

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Above: Light floods the interior.

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

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Above: The kitchen is rough yet refined.

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Above: A corner window overlooks the surrounding landscape.

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Above: A lounging corner.

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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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Frequently asked questions

What is the article about?

The article is about a weekend house in the world's happiest country, Costa Rica.

Where is the weekend house located?

The weekend house is located in Costa Rica, the world's happiest country.

Who designed the weekend house?

The weekend house was designed by Studio Saxe.

What is Studio Saxe known for?

Studio Saxe is known for designing sustainable and environmentally friendly architecture.

What type of materials were used to build the weekend house?

The weekend house was built using locally sourced and sustainable materials such as teak wood, bamboo, and concrete.

What is the design of the weekend house like?

The weekend house has a simple and modern design with an open floor plan and large windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding jungle and ocean.

What type of activities can be done near the weekend house?

Near the weekend house, activities such as surfing, hiking, and exploring the local wildlife and nature can be done.

Is the weekend house available for rent?

Yes, the weekend house is available for rent through Studio Saxe's website.

What is the cost of renting the weekend house?

The cost of renting the weekend house varies depending on the season and length of stay. It is best to check the Studio Saxe website for current pricing.

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