One of the most architecturally remarkable and internationally acclaimed Australian homes of the century has hit the market.
The house is not only the first ever project to be produced under the Jesse Bennett Studio name, but is also the founder’s – Bennett and his wife Anne-Marie Campagnolo – personal home. They have lived in the property since its completion in 2014.
Curving glass walls wrap around the house, giving the occupants views into the greenery from most places in the house.
“Selling the house has been a very difficult decision for us, as we have put so much love and energy into creating it,” Campagnolo says.
“However, as creative people, we feel we must move on to the next phase of our lives and personal projects. Additionally, our architecture and interior practice is continually drawing us down south, and it really makes sense for us at this time to be closer to our clients and commissioned work.”
The property is being sold via a private tender arrangement through real estate agency Modern House, which specialises in marketing and selling architecturally significant homes.
A rooftop terrace adds an extra living area with 360 degree views to the mountains and into the forest.
Interested buyers are required to disclose their highest monetary offer and describe why they would like to be the property’s new owner.
“We would like to stress that price is naturally very important to us, but equally important is ensuring that the house goes into the right hands,” Campagnolo says.
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“We will be considering both parts of the applications equally.”
The project was a passion project by husband-and-wife team Jesse Bennett and Anne-Marie Campagnolo.
The Planchonella House is in a secluded rainforest location and features a curving, playful concrete facade designed to increasingly integrate into the landscape over time.
The large flat roof with generous overhangs appears as a rainforest canopy, while the minimal walls and columns in-between allow for unobstructed views to the outdoors from every room.
Incorporated into the property are several mid-century modernist design principles such as floor-to-ceiling glass panels, built-in wooden seating and shelving, and a curving aqua swimming pool, complemented by contemporary fixtures.
Raw concrete is juxtaposed with green walls and other foliage built into the structure of the home.
Major design awards the property has won include the Australian House of the Year Award at the 2015 Houses Awards, and the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture at the 2015 National Architecture Awards.
“It was always about creating a series of joyful spaces for our family that would enrich and inspire our lives, connect us with nature, each other and ourselves. It was never about making money,” Bennett says.
“Now that the difficult time has come for us to move on, finding the right owners who will appreciate, understand, and use the house as intended is at the forefront of our minds.”
Visit the listing to learn more about the Planchonella House.
Price guide: $4 million-$4.4 million
Inspections by arrangement with agent on May 5 and May 26.
Source : https://www.domain.com.au/news/planchonella-house-in-north-queensland-designed-by-jesse-bennett-studio-for-sale-20180416-h0ypko/