Meticulous Luxury In A Prized Noosa Location
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Meticulous Luxury In A Prized Noosa Location

This expansive Hamptons inspired home is heading to auction.

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, Apr 15, 2022 6:00amGrey Clock 2 min

This expansive Gmelli Design home transports the elegant seaside luxury of the Hamptons to Noosa’s tropical waters.

The 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3-car garage home sits atop a prized, dress circle position encompassing 920sqm that is intensely private and boasts 18.5-metres of waterfront.

Inside this summer escape comes bespoke doors that curate seamless indoor-to\-outdoor living, European oak flooring underfoot alongside the iconic blue and white Hamptons aesthetic.

Overhead, expect custom chandeliers, including one from Ralph Lauren, Tahitian fans, custom joinery, wall sconces and three fireplaces, scattered throughout the property.

The home is built to entertain and central to entertaining is the custom kitchen by joinery expert Wyer + Craw. Here, the kitchen features two island benches topped with Carrara marble, porcelain topped cabinetry, high-end appliances and a serious butler’s pantry with Vintec wine storage.

Space to enjoy time with loved ones is aplenty, with the large undercover terraces featuring marble tiling and playing host to a built-in BBQ, kitchen with bar fridge and access to the deepwater frontage with an elongated jetty ideal for sunset drinks.

From here, it’s easy to enjoy the pool house, with its pearl glass mosaic tiles, potted olive trees, bar and custom cabinetry, hidden television and sound system and, of course, the pool itself.

Of the accommodation, the stunning west wing has two master-style suites. Bathrooms are tiled with imported gold inlay Carrara marble tiles. One with access to the northerly terraces has an outdoor stone bath and rain shower also a retreat.

The grand master suite features expansive views and boasts a walk-in-robe over six metres long with a separate make-up room, dresser, marble bathroom, free-standing tub and a shoe room.

Adding to the upstairs amenities comes a library with a custom upholstered daybed embraces the window overlooking the water, a kids’ domain with a media room, a bunk room and a marble bathroom.

The listing is headed to auction with Tom Offermann Real Estate (+61 0412711888) and is expected to sell for circa $10 million.


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A new AI-driven account by leading landscape architect Jon Hazelwood pushes the boundaries on the role of ‘complex nature’ in the future of our cities

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Drifts of ground cover plants and wildflowers along the steps of the Sydney Opera House, traffic obscured by meadow-like planting and kangaroos pausing on city streets.

This is the way our cities could be, as imagined by landscape architect Jon Hazelwood, principal at multi-disciplinary architectural firm Hassell. He has been exploring the possibilities of rewilding urban spaces using AI for his Instagram account, Naturopolis_ai with visually arresting outcomes.

“It took me a few weeks to get interesting results,” he said. “I really like the ephemeral nature of the images — you will never see it again and none of those plants are real. 

“The AI engine makes an approximation of a grevillea.”

Hazelwood chose some of the most iconic locations in Australia, including the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, as well as international cities such as Paris and London, to demonstrate the impact of untamed green spaces on streetscapes, plazas and public space.

He said he hopes to provoke a conversation about the artificial separation between our cities and the broader environment, exploring ways to break down the barriers and promote biodiversity.

“A lot of the planning (for public spaces) is very limited,” Hazelwood said. “There are 110,000 species of plants in Australia and we probably use about 12 in our (public) planting schemes. 

“Often it’s for practical reasons because they’re tough and drought tolerant — but it’s not the whole story.”

Hazelwood pointed to the work of UK landscape architect Prof Nigel Dunnett, who has championed wild garden design in urban spaces. He has drawn interest in recent years for his work transforming the brutalist apartment block at the Barbican in London into a meadow-like environment with diverse plantings of grasses and perennials.

Hazelwood said it is this kind of ‘complex nature’ that is required for cities to thrive into the future, but it can be hard to convince planners and developers of the benefits.

“We have been doing a lot of work on how we get complex nature because complexity of species drives biodiversity,” he said. 

“But when we try to propose the space the questions are: how are we going to maintain it? Where is the lawn?

“A lot of our work is demonstrating you can get those things and still provide a complex environment.” 

At the moment, Hassell together with the University of Melbourne is trialling options at the Hills Showground Metro Station in Sydney, where the remaining ground level planting has been replaced with more than 100 different species of plants and flowers to encourage diversity without the need for regular maintenance. But more needs to be done, Hazelwood said.

“It needs bottom-up change,” he said. ““There is work being done at government level around nature positive cities, but equally there needs to be changes in the range of plants that nurseries grow, and in the way our city landscapes are maintained and managed.”

And there’s no AI option for that. 


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