Whipbird House by Zerni in Australia

Project: Whipbird House
11,840 sf
Year: 2023
Photographs by:
Timothy Kaye

Whipbird House by Zerni

Whipbird, located in the Noosa Hinterland, is a breathtaking home designed with a Brutalist style, adopting a T-shaped pavilion form that beautifully integrates with the environment. The home features five bedrooms, two wings, landscaped terraces, a 20m Naked Mineral pool, a Supergrasse tennis court, a bathing court, and lush gardens with 16,735 native trees and plants. The choice of high-quality materials and finishes is evident throughout the house, emphasizing texture, pattern, color, and geometry. Black shiplap cladding, handmade Roman Lutyens bricks, granite, large black-framed windows, and Ocean Blue Travertine from Italy create a strong, tactile, and raw aesthetic. Rustic granite from Granite Works is used for baths, vanities, tiles, pavers, cobblestones, and pool coping. European French Oak flooring and Swiss-made VZUG appliances complete the luxurious design.

Perched on the crest of the ridgeline of what could be Noosa Hinterland’s most breathtaking location lies Whipbird. Brutalist in style yet simple in its T-shaped pavilion form, Whipbird is a home that adopts a deeply poetic response to the environment, cultivating a close, meaningful relationship between its inhabitants and the unique and natural surroundings.

Nestled in the heart of Doonan, in what is possibly the Sunshine Coast’s best-kept secret, Whipbird takes full advantage of the panoramic hinterland and coastal views whilst generating an environment of contemplation and relaxation. The five-bedroom home is broken down into two distinct wings and split across two levels, with landscaped terraces leading out to facilities including a 20m Naked Mineral pool, a Supergrasse tennis court built into the natural fall of the land, a bathing court, 3-car garage, 6-car court and cascading courtyard gardens adding layers and depth to the outlook. A total of 16,735 native trees, plants, and groundcovers were planted into the property surrounds, enforcing the home’s architecture while preserving and enhancing the site’s natural character and connection to the environment.

Sharing a unique passion and respect for quality materials and finishes, Zerni enlisted the help of a formidable team of designers, suppliers, and collaborators to bring Whipbird to life. This team includes Architect of the 2022 HIA Australian Home of the Year Winner, Jen Negline from Minnow Studio, global interior stylists Space Furniture, Landscape Architects The Conlon Group, Swiss-made V-ZUG appliances, Italy’s premier Travertine producers, Artedomus, handcrafted stone producers Granite Works, timber specialists Made by Storey, Natural Brick Company and many more.

Upon visiting the site for the first time, developer Jayden Zernich from Zerni was enamored by the location’s natural beauty, tranquility, and stunning outlook over the Noosa hinterland and coastline. “The air felt clear, the whipbirds were humming, every sense was stimulated in the most calming, uncontrived way. The vision became clear: to create a secluded and private reprieve from the open surrounds of the hinterland, where nature’s beauty is accentuated, and luxurious living is epitomized. I am confident that Whipbird presents a new level of craftsmanship yet to be seen on the Sunshine Coast,” said Zernich.

The house has a strong tectonic character thanks to the materials’ expressiveness. The entire ground floor of the house is wrapped in black shiplap cladding by Abodo wood, blending into tonal grey handmade Roman Lutyens bricks by Natural Brick Company, light grey granite, and large black-framed windows, which encase the picturesque view.

The palate of the home is raw, robust, and hardwearing, emphasizing the tactile experience of the materials with respect to texture, pattern, color, and geometry. The materials were chosen to integrate the house with the landscape, with the dark walls disappearing into the background of the forest and the light walls above receding against the sky. Ocean Blue Travertine, originating from a single quarry in Italy and sourced by Artedomus, features heavily throughout the kitchen and living areas. A whopping total of 87.9 tonnes of ‘Rustic’ granite was supplied by Granite Works, presenting in the form of free-standing hand-carved baths, vanities, tiles, pavers, cobblestones, and pool coping. The floors and walls are adorned in European French Oak flooring by timber specialists, Made by Storey, and the kitchen and scullery boast state-of-the-art Swiss-made appliances from VZUG, including the CookTop Wok, CookTop Teppanyaki, and multiple wine cooling fridges.



Tags: Australia, contemporary, exterior, interior, luxury, minimalist, modern, Zerni

Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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