A masterpiece in its own right, the Seidler House is an iconic home set on a natural rock formation in Joadja, in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. Designed by renowned architectural master Harry Seidler, this luxury holiday retreat is truly his magnum opus, combining superb structural style and the rugged beauty of nature to create a unique holiday experience.
It’s no wonder that it has been recognised by a number of international magazines, including Architectural Digest, and took our the first place in the RAIA Blacket Award in 2001.
Noted as one of the leading proponents of modernist ideas and methodology in Australia, Harry Seidler believed that architecture is an art form that springs out from simple yet functional design. During his lifetime, he created houses, apartments, and office buildings in the country and around the world that exemplify distinctive and bold modern architecture.
Among these is this residential home in Joadja, considered as his most exemplary work of art. To quote the famous architect, “I want to defy gravity, as Italian engineer Pier Lugi Nervi did, while creating something in three dimensions that is poetic and beautiful.” And so he did.
Completed in 2000, the Seidler House boasts 147 acres of natural bush and approximately 2 km of river frontage that serves as a habitat for various wildlife species such as kangaroos, wombats, koalas, platypus, and bird-life. The property is perched on the edge of a rocky sandstone escarpment overlooking the scenic gorge of the Wingecarribee River, near Mittagong and Bowral. Solitary and secluded, this is the only structure in this part of the Australian bush — no other house can be seen in the vicinity.
Denoting the glamour of a Hollywood Hills estate, a myriad of striking qualities characterise the Seidler House. One of these is the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide breath-taking nature views while letting in natural light and warmth. Another is the opposing curved roofs that seemed to have been formed by the wind, crowning this stylish villa. Moreover, the use of Alta quartzite floors, Verde marina granite, and Norwegian stone against white walls to complement the lush, rugged surroundings.
A noticeable feature of this luxury retreat is its open plan interior design. Notice the indoor common areas that blend seamlessly with the elevated viewing decks and outdoor lounges — truly a play of space, comfort, and luxury.
The expansive indoor section has a beautiful stone fireplace made from Norwegian stone. The area is also furnished with a sofa, TV, iPod dock, and CD/DVD player, allowing guests to enjoy ease and entertainment as they while away the time. Internet access is provided as well.
Due to a wonderful open plan layout, the transition from one area of the house to another is smooth and swift. A few steps from the living area take guests to the remarkably large dining room; adjacent to this is the kitchen that is well-appointed with a gas stove, a dishwasher, and coffee machine. A laundry area complete with a washer and dryer is also available.
Sleeping in the Seidler House proves to be a comfortable experience for up to 8 adult guests. It has a total of 4 bedrooms in the upper wing, 3 with a king bed configuration and one that features 2 sets of bunk beds. All of the sleeping quarters in this luxury accommodation utilize premium linen and pillows, and Aveda toiletries in its 4 bathrooms.
The larger master suite has an ensuite bathroom, while the other 3 share a bathroom with a separate shower and bath tub.
Outside the Seidler House, one can only marvel at how the features of this luxury retreat blend with the verdant environment. Aside from the viewing deck from which to enjoy a view of the gorge of the Wingecarribee River, there are also vast outdoor gardens, barbecue areas, and patios where one can relish the sights and sounds of nature. Stone gardens adorned with sculptures lead to a central swimming pool where one can cool off in utter luxury and privacy.
It’s not just the aspects of the Seidler House that guests can enjoy. While here, visitors can discover the historic town of Joadja, a former Scottish mining community. Remnants of old buildings, churches, miners’ cottages, and shale ovens that date back to the 1870’s can be explored. Wine tasting is also a great activity to engage in, with the Joadja Winery and Vineyards located close by. The cellar produces cool climate Cabaret Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malbec, and Pinot Gris.
Other endeavours to enjoy in this part of Southern Australia include off-road driving, bushwalking, bird-watching, estuary fishing, canoeing, and horse-riding. Holidaymakers may also drop by nearby local restaurants, antique shops, boutiques, and sporting facilities during their stay. All these can be done with family; guests may also opt to leave the children behind as Seidler House offers babysitting and child minding services by arrangment.
An idyllic place to escape to, a luxury home to enjoy moments of tranquillity, a sophisticated private spot amidst the nature’s true beauty. Such is the definition of the Seidler House, an opulent abode in the rugged Australian Bush and a mere 90 minutes from either Sydney or Canberra by car.