Neil Cownie Architect completed the design of the Outside Inside House, a large family home in Australia. Built for a couple and their four children who lived most of their lives in the U.K., the project subtly references British tradition.

At the same time, it offers an optimum connection with the outdoors, which is typical for homes in Australia. The name of the project is inspired by the indoor use of alluvial stone and copper ceilings (commonly used for the exterior facades), adding originality to the design.

“Built to last, the house has been created to be timeless and to age gracefully, influencing building form and choice of finishes,” the architect said. “Robust materials such as natural stone, copper and timber have been used for their aged patina and for texture, detail and visual interest.”

The contemporary interiors are defined by an overwhelming feeling of space, and the mix of textures exudes a feeling of comfort and fun. The architecture studio also envisioned outdoor areas for socializing and relaxation.

“Rooms within the open-plan living spaces are provided with an individual sense of definition,” the project developers said. “Timber accents add detail and warmth as they line the kitchen/dining ceilings, concealing acoustic insulation.” [Photography by Acorn Photography]