The palette is organic, yet refined: a perfectly attenuated mix of large-format stone floor tiles, oak joinery, marble and brass accents. The exterior walls are clad in Rosewood timber screening, which, in time, will weather down to a silvery grey. The extensive use of Marrakesh render, indoors and out, introduces a certain softness to the pared-back architecture, its lustrous, tactile appeal imbuing the interiors with a hint of the Mediterranean.
Throughout the home, handcrafted elements speak to the patience and skill of the carpenters and trades, as well as Bau’s client-focused ethos. An oak-lined arch linking the master bedroom to the study, for example, was the client’s flight of fancy that required some out-of-the-box thinking to achieve. ‘It looks simple but that was really, really hard to do,’ David says. ‘Templates were made onsite and then it was all fitted with the team of joiners. It took a few weeks to get that in and finessed, and all the edges detailed.’
Curved walls – a recurring design motif – were constructed from CSR Hebel, reinforced with steel and glue. ‘We shaped all the curves onsite with the designer to get that natural, organic look, then finished them in the Marrakesh plaster.’ The fireplace, too, was constructed from polystyrene-clad masonry and hand-sculpted before being rendered.
All up, Woorak House took 11 months to build and was ready for occupancy in early 2020. When quizzed on his favourite aspect of the project, David talks about the ‘feeling’ it evokes: ‘everything is open and airy…you walk through the space and keep getting surprised, the layers keep revealing themselves. Eventually you walk out to that pavilion and it's just stunning.’
He adds the owners, who were ‘an absolute delight to build for’, were thrilled with their holiday home and are already planning a new project with Bau Group – which David considers the ultimate reward for a job well done.
‘You go through quite the journey from start to finish when building a home like this,’ he says. ‘We love the experience, and we love the collaboration, and then to see the finished results, and people living in these finished homes, it’s very satisfying.’