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