Sam Cox is a bit of a legend in landscape design and architecture circles, having been taught by the guru of Australian landscape design, Gordon Ford.
Sam purchased his Wattle Glen property 20 years ago, with a vision to build a home that combined their shared appreciation for the Australian environment. Sam explains ‘my parents were into the self-sufficient farming movement of the 70’s’, and this background has heavily influenced the design of his Wattle Glen home. Sam highlights ‘our home and personal style has evolved from the outside in.’
The use of mud-brick was influenced by architect Alistair Knox (of the infamous Warrandyte House previously featured on TDF!), who advocated for ‘living in the environment.’ Sam explains how he pursued a strong connection to place, and attempted to create a home with a sense of ‘being in nature.’ The interior flooring is beautiful Castlemaine slate, which extends outside into the paving stones – connecting the outer and inner seamlessly.
The interiors are uncluttered, simple and constructed of natural and recycled materials. Sam and Lisa’s favourite piece in the house is a stunning fibre sculpture by Maningrida artist Lulu Laradjbi, purchased on a trip in Arnhem Land. Sam highlights that visits to Northern Australia have influenced his understanding of place, and enhanced his deep love of the Australian landscape.
As to be expected, Sam’s landscape design prowess is in full flight in the garden! He explains ‘the waterfall and pond, sheltered by a tree canopy and nestled into a basalt rock outcrop, are an extension of the central living space. We love to open the doors and bring inside the soothing sounds of the water running over rocks.’ This peaceful home is fully immersed in the surrounding landscape, and clearly demonstrates Sam’s connection to this sunburnt country.