Exterior of Laurel Grove by Kirsten Johnstone Architecture.

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"I love the idea of hidden gems and an element of surprise," says architect Kirsten Johnstone. "In this project, the application of a consistent material across the front facade provides ambiguity; the front door is clad in the same timber as the walls and doesn’t have a door handle. It is a quirky element that lends the opening of the door a sense of drama."