An Edgy Slatted Facade Conceals a Striking Indoor/Outdoor Home in Brisbane

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By Melissa Dalton / Published by Dwell
From the street view, an angular slatted facade conceals a home from the outside world while also carefully hinting at what's inside.

Behind those entry screens in Brisbane, Queensland, the three-level Australian home created by Bureau Proberts is finely attuned to its sloping site. A generous skylight over the front door opens the entryway to the sky, while substantial glazing in the master bedroom conveys the feeling of being perched high in the treetops. 

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While the top level contains an entry hall and the bedrooms, the main living level wraps in a C-shape around an internal courtyard. Sliding glass doors on both sides let the open living/kitchen/dining space become "a veranda-like thoroughfare, melding the courtyard with the landscape beyond," writes the architects. A screen layered with plants runs along the border of the floor's edge to provide a safety barrier.  

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The lower level hosts a laid-back family space that opens up to the terrace and pool. There, raw-concrete ceilings extend outside and further blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors. Throughout the interior, the lightly lime-washed hoop pine woodwork—used on the panels, screens, joinery, and ceilings—joins with dark-stained timber accents to provide a satisfying contrast with the greenery outside. 

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