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Painting The Landscape With ACRE Designs

Last month we featured a stunning contemporary beach house with such spectacular landscape architecture that we thought the people behind it deserved their own post! Meet Acre– a Fitzroy-based firm taking a holistic approach to garden design.

For Acre’s Creative Director Brett Robinson, a childhood spent exploring the beautiful Mornington Peninsula has been an undeniable influence in his (zig-zag) path to landscape architecture. We chat with Brett about his multi-disciplinary approach to landscape architecture in their fifth year of business!

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Step Inside A Thornbury Extension Designed Around Its Future Gardens

creative-peoplearchitectureStep Inside A Thornbury Extension Designed Around Its Future Gardens

Architecture Architecture design director Nick James’ favourite aspect of this thoughtful renovation is a feature that isn’t even fully formed yet.

‘In time, this house will be consumed by its gardens. Already, the buzz of pollination fills the air: bees, blowies and butterflies. Nestled between three native crops, nature has the jump start,’ Nick says.

Homeowners Kimberley and Justin wanted to minimise their environmental impact in the renovation, while still creating their ideal three-bedroom house with a new kitchen, dining and living room extension.

Small updates to the existing property were made to help blend old and new elements and reconnect the entry to the backyard, including an intriguing ‘green corridor’ that links all living spaces.

Keeping sustainability front of mind, the revamped home embraces passive design principles as well as locally-sourced, reclaimed and recycled materials throughout. Gently curved edges and a central courtyard provide abundant natural light to the building’s interior.

New concrete floors also provide thermal mass for winter, while deep eaves and strategically placed windows create shade and cross-ventilation, ensuring the home is built to be enjoyed all seasons.

‘The extension is modest, taking only a small area for its occupants and leaving the rest of the site for nature…The natural environment spills into leisure and living areas, offering an ideal space for entertaining friends and family.’

Now the glorious backyard is no longer lost among the old and convoluted floor plan, it’s the hero of the home!

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Already shrouded by native plants, the updated cottage leaves plenty of room for its garden to flourish. Photo – Tom Ross


Curved edges and expanses of glass bring an intriguing character to the home. Photo – Tom Ross


A ‘modest’ extension of only 63sq m, it has a big impact! Photo – Tom Ross


Inside the sweeping living room. Photo – Tom Ross


Timber features dominate the kitchen. Photo – Tom Ross


There’s indoor plants and green accents in every corner! Photo – Tom Ross


Perfectly placed windows help keep the home warm and bright. Photo – Tom Ross


Indoor-outdoor living at its best, with a corridor that invites you into the backyard. Photo – Tom Ross


And the property is even more dreamy at night. Photo – Tom Ross


‘An extension to an existing Thornbury cottage, the new living areas are now landscape as much as they are house, tangled through with greener,’ Nick says. Photo – Tom Ross


The original charming Thornbury facade hides its refined interior. Photo – Tom Ross

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