The glass pavilion house has been a tradition most commonly experienced in the United States. Three of the world’s most celebrated glass pavilion residences are located in the United States — the Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe, the Glass Pavilion by Philip Johnson, the Walker Guest House by Paul Rudolph. Each of those homes were built with glass walls to celebrate the environment around them. A new house continues this tradition on a new continent– the Wirra Wirra Pavilion by Matthew Woodward Architecture near Sydney, Australia.
Like its American forebears, the Wirra Wirra Pavilion is designed to celebrate its landscape. Matthew Woodward Architecture have taken this philosophy even further by placing a cantilevered patio directly over a private, peaceful pond. This home doesn’t just celebrate its landscape, it’s embedded within it — for an even more intimate connection with the world around it.
The structure of the Wirra Wirra Pavilion is simple. The layout includes a large rectangular form with a smaller rectangle inset on one side. This separates a lounge with a murphy bed on one side and the open living space on the other. A wet bar, kitchen and bath occupy the space created by the smaller rectangle, and the whole measures less than 800 square feet. Less is more in the Wirra Wirra Pavilion, and the convertible nature of the space make it usable for entertainment or living on the fly.
The main room of Wirra Wirra is its centerpiece. It is surrounded by glass on three sides, opening out to the patio section that is cantilevered over the pond. Beneath its wooden flooring is a secret — a sauna that sits just above pond-level. It turns the lounge space into one of the most relaxing rooms we’ve featured — a glass box with a hidden hot tub in the middle. [photography by murray fredericks]
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