Surrounded by Australian wetlands and hemmed in by a pair of close-bordering neighbors, the beautiful green-roofed Torquay House in Victoria has an exterior facade that creates a lush walled sanctuary in a less-than-secluded area. The house, designed by Auhaus Architecture, opens up onto itself and allows curated views of the interior landscape.
A concrete facade conceals a secluded courtyard that leads up to the glazed entrance door. From this point on, a variety of large, open spaces unravel and blur the line between the interior and the central courtyard. A double-height gallery space is glazed on one side to reveal the plan that wraps around the courtyard and draw northern light and breezes through the house.
A series of rooftop gardens, along with greenery draping off the deep concrete eaves give a verdant feel to the entire house. A rich palette of natural and metallic elements, including fine timber battening and brass detailing, creates patterns and provides warmth that counterpoints the rugged quality of the concrete.
Photos by Derek Swalwell