Unassuming at first glance, this Templestowe home by Figr Architecture & Design slyly reveals its unique shape upon entry. Divided into three landscaped zones, the design of the house embraces indoor to outdoor living, with a courtyard acting as a centrepiece for the design and the heart of the home. Shrouded by the building, this central courtyard provides a place for the family to enjoy a green space without the prying eyes of neighbours, but also acts as a structural way to bring in light and space to what could have been a very traditional home.

DESIGN Figr Architecture & Design PHOTOGRAPHY Tom Blachford STYLING Ruth Welsby

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Figr Architecture & Design cite the traditional Italian Palazzo as a key influence on the design, which is made clear through the emphasis on connecting indoor and outdoor spaces in both form and function. To add contemporary character to the brown-brick exterior the design employs a refined material palette of sandy timber, terrazzo and marble, paired with crisp white walls for additional lightness.

The furniture selection is similarly restrained, favouring tan, cream and matte-black furnishings and details throughout the home. The natural colours work a charm to highlight the greenery outside – the effect is a calming, intimate space that shares the soul of an Italian palazzo with an effortlessly modern style.

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Elongated brown brick was used to celebrate the exterior fabric of the surrounding Templestowe landscape and its working class roots, and a further play on the horizontal nature of the built form proportions. The brick is also used inside to create a series of colonnades that break up the expansive courtyard windows.

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A restrained approach to features and a natural colour palette lets the landscape outside shine.

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