These are Australia’s best properties defined by their grand designs featuring tent homes, bushfire houses, sand dunes, 50s Pop Art and a Whale Tail.
These are Australia’s best properties defined by their grand designs featuring tent homes, bushfire houses, sand dunes, 50s Pop Art and a Whale Tail.

Ultimate designer homes that’ll make your jaw drop

These are the best of the best, the grandest of the grand - Australia's ultimate designer homes.

Celebrated architect and host of the hit Foxtel show Peter Maddison has ranked his 21 Grandest Homes of 2021, the very best architecturally designed homes this country has to offer.

From tent homes and bushfire houses to sand dunes and chipboard to 50s Pop Art and a Whale Tale, these stunning properties find much of their inspiration and influence in the extremes and beauty of this Great Southern Land.

Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison with Tamborine Mountain couple Sarah and David Hobart. Picture: Foxtel/Rhiannon Slatter
Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison with Tamborine Mountain couple Sarah and David Hobart. Picture: Foxtel/Rhiannon Slatter

The designers and builders discovered many of their challenges and solutions in familiar questions faces humanity today, those of sustainability and environmental concern.

In choosing his Grandest Designs, Mr Maddison said he prioritised "architecture that is derived from materials that are from the place (the site of the house), or have a synergy to the place, to create a style that relates to the environment the home sits in."

He also chose architecture "that is original in its own right. It might have an element you can't quite put your finger on, or if you have seen it somewhere, it's not derivative. It's original.

Mystery Bay’s Grand Design. Picture: Rhiannon Slatter
Mystery Bay’s Grand Design. Picture: Rhiannon Slatter

"There are a couple of aspects that make important buildings. One is the human story and the personality that goes into creating buildings. That's what we follow on Grand Designs - the story is as strong as the sunsets and the architecture and the builder. It's the story and the meaning that goes into it.

"The other aspect is the architecture itself, and what these houses are creating in terms of a built legacy for Australia. What Australian can learn from them? Being an architect, I've veered [towards properties that] created an inspiration for others to learn from, and that will leave a built legacy that will outlast the human story."

The new series of Grand Designs Australia starts Wednesdays at 8.30pm from March 31 on Foxtel's LifeStyle channel.

Originally published as Australia's ultimate designer homes that'll make your jaw drop


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