A Weekend House in the World's Happiest Country
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According to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Australia is the world's happiest country for the third year running (we're No. 6 here in the US). The upside to life Down Under? A good economy—and we have to think that climate and natural beauty have something to do with it. Plus, perhaps, good architecture? Melbourne-based Wolveridge Architects aim to create houses that are "beautiful and enrich the lives of their occupants." (Plus they promise to return clients' calls promptly and say they'll pay $100 to the charity of your choosing if ever a day lapses.) Our favorite project from their portfolio? Not the sprawling modernist beach houses the firm is known for but a converted knackery, a last-stop for horses, partly reconstructed to become a weekend house in the bush of Trafalgar in Victoria's east. Photographs by Albert Comper via Wolveridge Architects . Above: Wolveridge inserted a modern living space within the concrete block structure. Above: Light floods the interior. Above: A dining area with an unexpected blue painted stairway. Above: The kitchen is rough yet refined. Above: A corner window overlooks the surrounding landscape. Above: A lounging corner. Above: The rear deck. More inspirational architecture? Go straight to our Architecture & Interiors posts, and for decorating ideas and color palettes, get lost in Home Inspiration . Looking to hire design help? For our list of recommended architects and designers around the world, see the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory .