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For local architect Mike Verdouw of [1+2 Architecture](http://1plus2architecture.blogspot.com.au/?utm_campaign=supplier/|target="_blank"), it was important to give the split-level home a real presence on its open hillside site on the Tasman Peninsula, about an hour’s drive east of Hobart. “It’s not a big house so we had to find a way to stop it looking like a pimple on a hill,” says Mike. “The big wall had to be over-scaled to cement its place in the vast landscape.”

For local architect Mike Verdouw of [1+2 Architecture](http://1plus2architecture.blogspot.com.au/?utm_campaign=supplier/|target="_blank"), it was important to give the split-level home a real presence on its open hillside site on the Tasman Peninsula, about an hour’s drive east of Hobart. “It’s not a big house so we had to find a way to stop it looking like a pimple on a hill,” says Mike. “The big wall had to be over-scaled to cement its place in the vast landscape.”

Berber carpets, ceramic tiles from nearby Zagora, and painted woodwork known as zouak are among the local crafts that decorate the 135 suites and villas. Come May, a 45,000-square-foot spa will join the property’s four restaurants and golf course. From $530/night; royalpalm-marrakech.com

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Berber carpets, ceramic tiles from nearby Zagora, and painted woodwork known as zouak are among the local crafts that decorate the 135 suites and villas. Come May, a 45,000-square-foot spa will join the property’s four restaurants and golf course. From $530/night; royalpalm-marrakech.com

Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside - Photo 15 of 19 -

Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside

Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside - Photo 15 of 19 -

A large part of the inspiration for the extension of this St Kilda Californian Bungalow comes from thinking about how this family live and connect with their community. Spaces are playful and have been conceived more like a favourite local café than a private house, reflecting this family’s desire to create a space that allowed them to connect with friends, family and their larger community.

A large part of the inspiration for the extension of this St Kilda Californian Bungalow comes from thinking about how this family live and connect with their community. Spaces are playful and have been conceived more like a favourite local café than a private house, reflecting this family’s desire to create a space that allowed them to connect with friends, family and their larger community.

Local House by Make Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect)

Local House is Designed to Enhance Connection with Friends and Family

Cota Street Condo Complex in Santa Barbara 2005 Jeff Shelton, Architect - "Come no, live happy" article in Sunset Sept. 2009

Small homes with flair

Cota Street Condo Complex in Santa Barbara 2005 Jeff Shelton, Architect - "Come no, live happy" article in Sunset Sept. 2009

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