This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

This Modernist House Has The Best Lounge We’ve EVER Seen, And It’s On The Market

Mid-Century Modern

With the sad farewell of our Modernist Australia column, we’re starting a new one in its place, to keep track of all those for-sale treasures that pop up around the country! In this new ‘Mid-Century Modern’ column, where we will continue to bring you modernist gems that have recently hit the market. And we’re kicking it off with a bang!

Thirroul is a beachside suburb of Wollongong, 69 kilometres south of Sydney. In this heavenly coastal location sits this five-bedroom brick home, best described as a late modernist homestead, replete with a wine cellar, courtyard pond and a razzle dazzle pink Italian marble bathroom. With ocean views like these, it does not get better!

3rd August, 2020

This modernist homestead was designed in 1975 by H. Ruskin Rowe & Elmes. Photo – ABC Photosigns.

LEFT: The formal dining room sits just adjacent to the formal living room, and makes a theatrical display of the outdoor pond! Photo – ABC Photosigns.

The informal family room contains a dining space and a serious psychedelic lounge. Photo – ABC Photosigns.

This corner window nook in the second-storey ‘turret’ is fitted with gingham-upholstered banquette seating. Look at those ocean views! Photo – ABC Photosigns.

Give ’em the old razzle dazzle with this very showbiz bathroom mirror! Photo – ABC Photosigns.

The wrap-around patio is perfect for indoor-outdoor dining for those balmy beachy evenings. Photo – ABC Photosigns.

Sasha Gattermayr
Monday 3rd August 2020

Designed in 1975 by modernist architecture partnership H. Ruskin Rowe & Elmes, the incredible double brick late modernist home is the ultimate party house, with a panoramic entertaining wing and a covered patio which wraps around almost the whole house! The kitchen sits at the centre of the home, in order to service both formal and informal dining spaces, and tucked away via a spiral staircase, the turret-like second floor contains just one room: a bedroom slash office space, whose in-built gingham (!) lounge looks out over the treetops.

Though the refined modernist details throughout the rest of the house deserve attention (we’re looking at you, pink Italian marble lining the diva-esque master bathroom), who could draw their eyes away from the spectacular lounge?! The psychedelic fitted sofa suite is built into the wall, forming a semi-circular arrangement around the statement gas fireplace. A suspended copper hood is the centrepiece of this space – we can just imagine the retro fondue parties this place may once have hosted…  ’70s living at its best!

5 Fords Road is for sale through McGrath Thirroul. See the full listing here.

View Comments

Similar Stories

On The Market

A Rare Mid-Century Gem Near Heide Is For Sale!

This Bauhaus-influenced family home in Eaglemont was built in 1966 - and boasts some serious mid-century credentials!
Sasha Gattermayr

On The Market

An Expertly Updated 1970s Masterpiece Is On The Market!

Built by renowned Melbourne homebuilders Fasham Johnson, this lovingly restored mid century home in Hurtsbridge is one of the best we've see...
Sasha Gattermayr

On The Market

This Octagonal Home Maximises Every Angle – And It Could Be Yours

This cabin-like home in Sydney’s North Shore was designed by a pioneering member of the Sydney School. And now, it’s on the market!
Sasha Gattermayr

This Week

News

Support A Good Cause And Win This Handmade Sideboard!

A Northern Rivers furniture maker has created a charity raffle to raise funds for motor-neurone disease research – and is putting up t...
Sasha Aarons
  23 hours ago

Sustainable Homes

A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused

Rammed earth and recycled timber come together in this creekside Melbourne home by Breathe Architecture.

Gardens

A Dramatic, Multi-Tiered Coastal Garden

A steep coastal slope atop Gordon's Bay is transformed into a lush green oasis, by Secret Gardens.
Sasha Gattermayr
  6 hours ago

Studio Visit

This Adelaide-Based Emerging Designer Is One To Watch

Dean Toepfer's multifaceted creative practice spans furniture, lighting and object design.
Sasha Gattermayr

Stays

A Quaint Miner's Cottage In Dubbo Made For Slowing Down

A sympathetic renovation to a dilapidated 19th century cottage makes it the perfect regional getaway.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Open-Plan Home Partially Inspired By A Hitchcock Film!

Modo Architecture challenge the standard open floor plan in this Melbourne family home – taking partial inspiration from the house featur...
Amelia Barnes

Architecture

This Renovated Victorian Terrace Is Like Living In A Day Spa!

How Timmins+Whyte Architecture and Design turned a dark, Victorian terrace in North Melbourne into a flexible, light-filled home.
Amelia Barnes
  22 hours ago

Design Eye

Mardi Doherty on The 80’s Revival Interior

From bold colour, to chunky, curvy furniture forms, the 1980s is back, baby! Interior Designer Mardi Doherty gives us her take, in partnersh...

News

This Enormous Collaborative Beach Artwork Is Actually A Protest

A group of Sunshine Coast-based creatives create an ephemeral work to protest government investment in gas and advocate for an Indigenous kn...
Sasha Aarons

Homes

A Creative Couple's Lovingly Renovated 1950's Home

Lucy Spartalis and Alastair Innes of She Takes Pictures He Makes Films share their renovated 1950s home in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.

Architecture

A Dramatic Riverfront Home In Tasmania

Views of the river, mountains and surrounding vegetation are all cleverly captured in this house at Otago Bay, by Topology Studio.

News

Achieve The Ultimate Heritage Aesthetic With These Affordable Window Shutters

Elevate  your interiors with these fully customisable, heritage style louvres from The Shutters Department!

Interiors

Two Inspiring Kitchen Transformations - From Affordable Update To Complete Overhaul!

Lauren Li shows us what can be done in two very different kitchen renovations on two different budgets – one tiny, and one rather large!
Lauren Li

Textiles

The Mindboggling Artistry Of The Opera House's Nearly-Forgotten Tapestries

In a brand new podcast series, Australian design aficionado Tim Ross takes a closer look at the four enormous textiles by Le Corbusier, John...
Sasha Gattermayr

News

Vincent Namatjira Wins The 2020 Archibald Prize!

In a historic day for the Australian art world, the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands artist and Western Arrernte man take...
Sally Tabart

Similar Stories

On The Market

A Rare Mid-Century Gem Near Heide Is For Sale!

This Bauhaus-influenced family home in Eaglemont was built in 1966!
Sasha Gattermayr

On The Market

An Expertly Updated 1970s Masterpiece Is On The Market!

This lovingly restored made century home in Hurtsbridge is one of the best we've seen.
Sasha Gattermayr

On The Market

This Octagonal Home Maximises Every Angle – And It Could Be Yours

This cabin-like home in Sydney’s North Shore was designed by a pioneering member of the Sydney School. And now, it’s on the market!
Sasha Gattermayr

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.