Australian House & Garden
T HE BIG PIC T U R E
An inspired world of surprises unfolds beyond the front door of this futureproofed timber-clad house, designed to ‘drape’ over the landscape, on the southern tip of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Silvertop ash-lined walls and a ceiling stained in cocooning Palm Beach Black by Porter’s Paints lure guests inside. But it’s the window to the owners’ tranquil world – the floor-to-ceiling garden view unveiled immediately upon entering – that is the unexpected masterstroke. “The design creates mystery from the street,” says Anna Dutton Lourié, co-director of Bower Architecture & Interiors. “The experience of entering, and the indoor-outdoor connection, is a gift offered to the loved ones invited into the home. The entry is a journey through architecture and landscape.”
ROOM NOTES Silvertop ash battens stained Porter’s Paints Palm Beach Black. Niki pull handle, Designer Doorware. Artwork by P. Morris. Existing rug. Polished-concrete floor.