The Wensley by Byrne Architects

The Wensley is a remote rural property off the Surf Coast of Victoria. This building is the first stage in realizing the dream of its owners to create a serene retreat for their family, complete with vineyard’s, orchard and a collection of swimming holes.


Our structure forms a gateway. As guests enter from the road, rows of trees obscure views across the property. The track winds around on axis to a deep valley cut through the land. The structure is perched on top of a hill, and the roofline between the two building volumes carefully frames this spectacular view across the valley to the mountains beyond.

The interiors are rich and textured. Walls, floors and ceilings are all build from timber of varying species and profile, varying levels of saw-cut. The atmosphere inside is warm and light, recognizable as a country home, yet with a strong sense that it is a piece of modern design embedded in the landscape.

Photography courtesy of Byrne Architects

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- by Matt Watts

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