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See the interior of the lavish Sunshine Coast mansion that HIA named Australian Home of the Year

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Behind this unassuming modern facade lies a magical vine-covered riverside house that has been named Australia’s BEST

  • An incredibly luxurious mansion covered in hanging vines hides behind an unassuming modern facade
  • The outstanding house took the top accolade for Australian House of the Year at the recent HIA Awards
  • It sits above the Noosa River on the Sunshine Coast and features a palette of natural wood, stone and concrete.
  • A standout feature is the indoor/outdoor family room with an elegant kitchen, living room, and outside patios.
  • The ground floor basement is softly lit by a huge window that overlooks the underwater pool.

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From its modern yet understated street frontage, passers-by would never guess that behind the charred wood and stone clad facade lurks a sophisticated vine-covered home.

The luxury property, named ‘Witta’, sits on the banks of the Noosa River on the Sunshine Coast and was recently named Australian House of the Year at the Housing Industry Association (HIA) awards.

With an elegant palette of concrete, wood and stone softened by lush greenery that cascades from the second-story gardens, the stunning riverside home’s most appealing features are indoor/outdoor family space and an underwater game room. .

Behind this unassuming modern street frontage lies an incredibly luxurious riverfront mansion that has been named the best in Australia.

The dream house, nicknamed 'Witta', sits on the banks of the Noosa River on Queensland's Sunshine Coast and was recently named Australian House of the Year at the Housing Industry Association (HIA) awards.

The dream house, nicknamed ‘Witta’, sits on the banks of the Noosa River on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and was recently named Australian House of the Year at the Housing Industry Association (HIA) awards.

It has an elegant palette of concrete, wood and stone softened by lush greenery that falls from the second floor gardens.

The most attractive features of the stunning riverside home are the indoor and outdoor family space that overlooks the river.

With an elegant palette of concrete, wood, and stone softened by lush greenery that cascades from the second-story gardens, the most attractive features of the stunning riverside home are the indoor and outdoor family space.

Huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors swing open to let in natural light, seamlessly blending the interior space with the central courtyard.

Huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors swing open to let in natural light, seamlessly blending the interior space with the central courtyard.

On the ground floor there is a game room with a large window that looks out onto the pool below the surface of the water.

On the ground floor there is a game room with a large window that looks out onto the pool below the surface of the water.

Huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to let in natural light and seamlessly blend the interior space with the central courtyard featuring a sparkling pool, lush landscaping and outdoor kitchen with BBQ, black wood cabinetry and mirror dashboard.

The open plan living room has high ceilings leading to a skylight and flows into a dining room with statement pendant lamps and a contemporary kitchen that would be the envy of any chef.

A marble island bench and backsplash add a level of elegance to the kitchen that also features custom smooth wood cabinetry and matte black fixtures and faucets.

The open plan living room has high ceilings leading to a skylight and flowing into a dining room

The contemporary kitchen is the envy of any home chef and the dining room features eye-catching pendant lights.

The open-plan living room has soaring ceilings that lead to a skylight and flow into a dining room with striking pendant lights and a contemporary kitchen that would be the envy of any home chef.

A marble island bench and backsplash add a level of elegance to the kitchen that also features custom smooth wood cabinets and matte black fixtures and faucets.

A marble island bench and backsplash add a level of elegance to the kitchen that also features custom smooth wood cabinets and matte black fixtures and faucets.

The courtyard features a sparkling pool, lush landscaping, and a small outdoor kitchen with BBQ, black wood cabinetry, and backsplash mirror

The courtyard features a sparkling pool, lush landscaping, and a small outdoor kitchen with BBQ, black wood cabinetry, and backsplash mirror

A Sydney family is lucky enough to call this idyllic platform their vacation home for both kids and adults alike with multiple living areas and a kid's retreat.

A Sydney family is lucky enough to call this idyllic platform their vacation home for both kids and adults alike with multiple living areas and a kid’s retreat.

Hanging vines often grow so thick that they create a green curtain at the back of the house towards the riverbank, making it feel like an urban jungle retreat.

Downstairs, an underwater game room is lit by a large window that overlooks the pool, as well as a temperature-controlled wine cellar and pool table.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are a lesson in luxury with soothing textures, expansive windows that show off the dense bush and flowing river, a series of skylights that let in abundant sunlight, and a private zen garden in the master suite.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are a lesson in luxury with soothing textures, wide windows showing off the dense greenery and the flowing river.

There is also a series of skylights that let in plenty of sunlight and a private zen garden in the master suite.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are a lesson in luxury with soothing textures, expansive windows that show off the dense bush and flowing river, a series of skylights that let in abundant sunlight, and a private zen garden in the master suite.

Downstairs, an underwater game room is lit by a huge window that overlooks the pool, as well as a temperature-controlled wine cellar and glass-encased pool table.

Downstairs, an underwater game room is lit by a huge window that overlooks the pool, as well as a temperature-controlled wine cellar and glass-encased pool table.

The dream home was completed in 2020 by Sunshine Coast builders JW Constructions and designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects, who took inspiration from 'Brazilian modernism' with the local landscape, climate and culture in mind.

The dream home was completed in 2020 by Sunshine Coast builders JW Constructions and designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects, who took inspiration from ‘Brazilian modernism’ with the local landscape, climate and culture in mind.

Hanging vines often grow so thick that they create a green curtain at the back of the house towards the riverbank, making it feel like an urban jungle retreat.

Hanging vines often grow so thick that they create a green curtain at the back of the house towards the riverbank, making it feel like an urban jungle retreat.

A Sydney family is lucky enough to call this idyllic spot their holiday home.

The jungle dream home was completed in 2020 by Sunshine Coast builders JW Constructions and designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects, who drew inspiration from ‘Brazilian modernism’ with the local landscape, climate and culture in mind.

The HIA judges were wowed by the house’s ‘impeccable’ workmanship and the quality of its finishes and construction.

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