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Architecture: Resort House

December 21, 2010

Bower Architecture transform a dilapidated suburban home into a contemporary, light-filled home firmly connected to an expansive garden.

The Resort House describes a journey of transformation, where a dark and dilapidated suburban house has been converted into a hidden oasis, abundant with natural light and seamlessly integrated indoor and outdoor spaces.

Having bought the original house for its north facing garden, the owner wanted to surround it in a series of resort-like social spaces to be enjoyed with family and friends. The new design simplifies the original plan through the insertion of an entry gallery and relocates living areas to the rear (north) across both floor levels. Louvred windows surrounding the gallery highlight the owners’ art collection with southerly light and encourage natural ventilation so that the entire house can “breathe”.

On the first floor (the children’s domain), a large cantilevered deck overhangs the alfresco area, connecting to the pool via an external spiral stair. Extensive operable glazing and the continuous flow of timber, concrete, stone and marble draw attention to the garden and pool and dissolve boundaries between building and landscape.

The resulting house is a place rich in possibilities and joy, enveloping its inhabitants in a sunny, social sanctuary which embraces the surroundings and thrives in the Australian climate.

*Team* Project architect: Jade Vidal; Architects: Anna Dutton, Chema Bould; Graduate architect: Rose Heeley; Landscaping: Pascale Male

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