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Renovation Creates Sleek Pad From Sad 1980s Cliff House

Despite a prime location—on a cliff's edge overlooking the Pacific—this sad 1980s duplex in Queensland, Australia, had tiny windows and a low roof, a cruelty to its inhabitants (to say the least). Designers at local firmJamison Architects have not only corrected its flaws, but done so with considerable style. Beyond the obvious improvements on the facade, the duplex's interiors were opened up to create a double-height living room. Expansive north-facing windows frame the Gold Coast skyline in the distance. Louvers on the house's ocean-side facade open and shut to balance the clients' desire for views with their need for privacy in this dense neighborhood. Both interior finishes and structural flourishes—from lush wood paneling to seating nooks and beautiful lattice work on the facade—give the formerly ailing house a fresh lease on life.

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