Small yet perfectly formed: a low house on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is all about simplicity

Living room
The house's owners and their guests can check out nearby golf games from the comfort of their living room
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Set amidst Cypress trees on the edge of Australia's Mornington Peninsula golf course – on Victoria's southern tip – the Links Courtyard House is the latest single-storey holiday home by Inarc Architects. Set within an aspect that combines the links golf course, a gravel road leading up to the property and the area's rugged coastline, the development is a peaceful retreat, built to house the clients' busy family life.

The design was conceived to reflect the calmness and beauty of the location. The project's geometry is simple. A rectilinear plan contains the house's key spaces, clearly defining the built area; its low profile makes the landscape around it the real focus. Strong vertical structural elements on the facade give the building a sense of rhythm, as well as providing sun shading and a useable intermediary space between house and garden. 

Floor plan

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The building's size may be modest, but it's the quality of space and attention to detail that make it stand out. Inarc director Reno Rizzo's aim was to keep the palette of materials to an absolute minimum in order to contribute to the surroundings but not to dominate them. The single-storey plan allows sunshine to penetrate deep into the garden and minimise overshadowing. The house's open plan includes a single living/dining/kitchen space. There are two separate small bedrooms and a double garage.

When it comes to views out, the house takes full advantage of the nearby golf course, as the main living areas are orientated so as to frame the vistas towards it. In contrast to the simple palette of the sport grounds, the landscaping of the house's own courtyard features a rich variety of colours and textures. 

The property remains unfenced, to encourage the family to stroll down the low-key coastal gravel road alongside it. One of Rizzo's aims was to keep the site as open to its environment as possible – to create a meaningful dialogue between private spaces and the surrounding nature. Subscribe to Wallpaper* today and save

Furnished living room with sofa and center table

Soft furnishings add a pop of colour to Inarc's otherwise neutral scheme 

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Wodden flooring and ceiling

The house uses oak wood floors and ceilings, creating a warm and homely feel in spaces such as the kitchen

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Bathroom with white basin

The project includes two bathrooms, both located at the centre of the house

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Patio area surrounded by greenery

The architect's minimal design approach creates an exciting contrast to the vibrant colours of the surrounding landscape 

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Neutral bedroom design

In line with the overall design, the bedroom finishes are kept simple and neutral 

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Built-in furniture with abstract painting

The house's colour scheme and material palette extends to bespoke in-built furniture

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Contemporary artwork

Contemporary artwork helps add vibrancy to areas such as corridors 

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Courtyard house

The design of the Links Courtyard House favours simplicity over size

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Beautiful view

The concept reflects the calmness and beauty of the location

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Wooden flooring

It's all in the details: the colour palette was carefully selected to contribute to the surroundings but not overpower them 

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Wooden flooring and white walls

The house's oak wood floors and ceiling are complemented by simple white walls 

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Natural sunlight entering the house

Light penetrates the building from different openings, such as these shutters that feature small slits, filling the house with natural sunlight

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Outer view

The building's outer skin was designed in harmony with its lush natural surroundings 

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Plants texture complimenting building view

The project's landscaping uses a rich variety of colours and textures

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External view of building

Vertical structural elements add rhythm to the external facades, as well as providing shade from the sun 

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Building surrounded by greenery

The house maintains a low profile among the area's vegetation 

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Unfenced house

It is also unfenced, as the architect wanted to create an open and friendly environment, in dialogue with its surroundings

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