Cote Homestead

Across a natural ridge over a slope of heritage vineyards, lies a sequenced ternary of interconnected pavilions. The site beholds considerable viticultural clout as part of the original Audrey Wilkinson’s Estate in one of Australia’s most established wine regions. Here, the pragmatic demands of a working estate are combined with the refined easiness of a Sydney family’s country retreat.

The pavilions are arranged with poetic rationality and are unified by a series of open-air connections. As you arrive at the gated stone blade entry, you are first greeted by the memory conjured by the heritage wine vat under the ridge. A recycled hardwood carport provides shelter and a point of arrival delineating the entry to the garden. As you gently ascend alongside a sloped garden, you are greeted by the two other pavilions at the crest; one for living and the enjoyment of wine, and the other for sleeping. Here, the 360 degree views are experienced featuring rolling greens toward the Barrington Tops, Brokenback Ranges & Mt Pleasant.

The restrained material palette of stone and whiteness accompanies both the spatial and formal purity of the pavilions. The choreography of circulation incorporates sky, ground and views with cantilevered overhangs that provide functional protection from harsh Australian conditions. There is a considered balance of openness and privacy for family and friends and a mindfulness of surrounding nature in one of Australia’s most celebrated wine destinations.

 

© Matthew Woodward Architecture