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House in Stone, Glass and Steel Overlooking the Yarra River

A home that is surrounded by lush green vegetation and overlooking a meandering river does sound like an enticing prospect that none of us would shy away from. But building a home in the dense Bushland of Victoria as it sits on the edge of a small cliff and overlooks the Yarra River is no easy task at all. Both environmental and bushfire norms dictate the overall contours of the Warrandyte House by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture, which flows into the landscape that surrounds it and blurs the traditional indoor-outdoor boundaries.

Living room of the Aussie home overlooking Yarra River in Victoria

Essentially, the delightful residence brings together a series of courtyards and open spaces bound by glass and stone walls to create a relaxing, imaginative and exclusive interior. Apart from the obvious stone and glass presence, it is the sturdy steel beams that bring another interesting dimension to this Aussie home, even as the two butterfly roofs open up to bring in as much sunlight as possible. The idea here was to not just fashion a home that connects with the panoramic scenery, but also to incorporate design flexibility and adaptability that lets it grow along with the needs of the homeowners.

Window and sliding doors open up the corner to the view outside

Kitchen and dining area of the Warrandyte Residence in Victoria

Dark kitchen island with a white countertop is a showstopper

Dining room adds warmth of wood to the stone and glass home

Nelson pendant adds midcentury glam to the residence in stone, glass and steel

Kitchen cabinets in white add contrast to the smart interior

Open design of the lakeside home brings in plenty of natural light

Ingenious kitchen deisgn keeps it connected with the outdoors

Smart fireplace and a cozy relaxation nook next to it

Elegantly tucked in between the series of internal courtyards is the living area on the lower level, along with a spacious kitchen and dining room, a laundry, an additional sitting lounge, a music room and a lovely pantry. It is the top level that holds the bedrooms, the nursery and the guest room, along with the bathrooms. Responding to the needs of the landscape in which it sits and showcasing eco-sensitive style, this is a home that delights in more ways than one! [Photography: Marvelle Photography]

Headboard acts as a visual partition in this relaxing bedroom

Contemporary bathroom in white with wooden floating vanity and a small stool next to the bathtub

Wallpapered accent wall in the nursery uses less color and more pattern

Built-in wooden benches offer elegant outdoor seating

Central courtyard space created by the twin structures of the Aussie home

Twin butterfly roofs of the Warrandyte Residence

Solid stone walls offer ample protection from the elements i the west and east directions

Lighting adds warmth to the unique Warrandyte Residence

Steel beams become an important part of the home's dramatic appearance

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