Mid-century modern home and garden in South Australia

Once again the busy people at Modernist Australia have discovered another mid-century gem that is up for sale!  This one is moving outside my area of knowledge, being in South Australia, but the wonderful garden and house can still be appreciated through the photos!

The real estate listing along with plenty more photos of the interior can be found here:  www.realestate.com.au

Modernist South Australian – View from living room (www.realestate.com)

It is great to see a modernist home that has been decorated and furnished in the style of the architecture.  The listing describes this house as a ‘party house’ and these photos show the capabilities this home has to entertaining.  The living room has a fantastic stone wall and planter that extends past the window frames, providing a link between the inside and outside areas.

Modernist South Australian - View of outdoor entertaining area (www.realestate.com.au)
Modernist South Australian – View of outdoor entertaining area (www.realestate.com.au)

The materials used outside are kept relatively simple with the use of natural timber and stone that reflects the materials of the house.  The door from the living room steps onto an area of slate paving which flows towards outdoor seating areas, a built-in bbq and lawn area.

Modernist South Australian - View of outdoor entertaining area (www.realestate.com.au)
Modernist South Australian – View of outdoor entertaining area (www.realestate.com.au)

The block of land is larger than the standard suburban block and is in quite a wooded area.  Existing canopy trees form a fantastic back drop to the courtyard areas and would provide great shade in Summer.

Modernist South Australian - Entry path and garden (www.realestate.com.au)
Modernist South Australian – Entry path and garden (www.realestate.com.au)

The entry to the house is clearly defined with a slate path which is neatly bordered with a stone edge.  The entrance garden is quite sheltered and shade loving plants in mulched garden beds create a simple, natural look.  Plants such as Monsteria were popular in mid-century gardens and become focal planting with their large leaves.

Modernist South Australian - Garden looking up to house (www.realestate.com.au)
Modernist South Australian – Garden looking up to house (www.realestate.com.au)

The bottom area of the garden has another outdoor entertaining area which has more of a rustic feel to it.  All paving and walls are brick and blend with the separate wine cellar that would definitely be a talking point of the house!

Modernist South Australian – Entrance to wine cellar (www.realestate.com.au)

The great advantage of the larger block, the existing vegetation canopy and even the fall of the land, is that it has allowed a number of separate outdoor spaces or ‘rooms’.  You could imagine a great party with revellers dancing in the living room, lounging in the evening air in the courtyard or getting away to quietly try some wine from the cellar!

So what can be learnt from this home?

So many of the design elements of this house and garden are similar to those that I have listed with previous homes and clearly these are the common elements of mid-century modern design that we love so much!

  1. The house is designed to work with existing site conditions including vegetation, aspect and slope so that the house and garden become a part of the environment rather than opposing it.
  2. Natural materials in garden such as stone and timber reflect those used in the house.
  3. Internal features such as the living room wall extend out into the garden providing connection between the two.
  4. Separate outdoor spaces are created to provide a variety of uses and experiences around the house.
  5. Feature plants such as Monsteria provide interest within garden beds.
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