22 Architects Anthony Chan and Meyvin Puspita drew inspiration for this Melbourne room from cafes with windows that open right up, allowing the outside in. Split-fold aluminium and glass doors between the concrete banquette and pool area can be opened entirely or sealed shut when cosiness is called for. “The form of the bench is sharp and modern, but subtle colour and texture variations deliver softness,” says Anthony. The bench continues around the corner, under the TV and fire; above them is engineered-timber cabinetry. The soothing neutrality of the interior brings the bright-green Bambusa oldhamii on the rear fence into focus.