Upon entering this modern residence in Armadale, Australia, you may get the feeling of a sober, secluded house. This is mostly due to its dark exterior appearance and concrete fence that blocks a large part of the building from sight. But as you enter, the perspective changes completely. The design team at Canny Architects envisioned spacious modern living spaces that are well connected to the outdoors, through large windows facing the rear garden.

A generously-sized swimming pool is the focal point of this part of the property. Perfectly blocked from curious eyes by natural green tree fences, this inner courtyard with its barbecue area is a perfect spot for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. The atmosphere can be taken further into the open plan living and dining space, as it is easy for the owners to slide open the doors and feel the garden breeze. Minimalism is the dominant design path inside the house, with focus on clean lines and functionality.