Australian House & Garden

T HE BIG PIC T U R E

- Anna Dutton Lourié Bower Architectu­re & Interiors, Collingwoo­d, Victoria; (03) 9417 7811 or bowerarchi­tecture.com.au.

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.

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