Please allow me to draw your attention away from your mediocre sharehouse in an overpriced neighbourhood, and towards a mind-numbingly beautiful home of the mega-rich.
Embedded into a rocky forest edge just south of Newcastle is Bunkeren: a piece of modern architecture porn that works with the natural environment, not against it. The new house tour from The Local Project is staking a big claim with a video title like Is This the Best Modern House in the World… and yet, it’s hard to disagree.
Designed by James Stockwell Architect, the house was made to remove the need for load-bearing walls and columns that mess with the uninterrupted view straight out to the secluded beach *somewhere* south of Newy. There’s lots to drool over—the rock exposures within the house, the choice to construct the house working with the topography and native bushland, the wine cellar set deep within the rock—and appreciate, like the fact that the architects took Australia’s constant brush with natural disasters into consideration, constructing the home to retain its structural integrity in the event of a bushfire or storm.
Hit play above and allow Bunkeren to call you poor in 10 different ways, above.