For those whose yuletide (and general lifetide) yearns for the trappings of a higher altitude then feast your eyes here. Indeed this realised project home was especially designed, by architects Alex Kostromin and Geoffrey A. Dobbin (under firm Lucas & Morris), for those who live to celebrate fondue, fair isle knits, open fires and egg nog. Hence its name – ‘The Alpine’.
“This chalet type house was first featured as one of six model homes at the ‘Environment ‘75’ Display Village at Trafford Court Wheelers Hill. It opened in 1970. The village featured the Rustic, The Ranch, Mobili Nova, The Australian Homestead, and Alpine models” – Steven Coverdale, MCDA.
This jaw-dropper is not only set within some gorgeously dripping green forest, adjacent to Sherbrooke, but looks to have remained miraculously untouched since its construction in the early 1970s. Though there may be a little practical attention required to shore up the damp, the sheer exhilaration of that soaring Brady-esq lounge (geometric balustrades FTW!), irreplaceable Japanese tile, built in joinery and dynamic exteriors would be worth every ounce of toil to bring it back to full après-ski/bushwalk glory once more.