Simple doesn’t always mean luxurious, but in the case of this Brisbane, Australia, home the two are synonymous. Architect Paul Butterworth designed the “Honeyworks House” for a beekeeping couple who wanted to connect the indoors to the outdoors.
The house is built from basic materials and finished with high-end touches, creating the platonic ideal of low-cost, high-design. The architects used burnished concrete slabs and plasterboard walls to create the L-shaped house. The low-profile exterior is clad in light brick and boasts a slanted silhouette, which gives it a distinctly midcentury Palm Springs vibe.
Inside, the main room double duty as a bedroom and living space thanks to a bed that hides behind a wooden wall. The mix of materials—the floor is made from poured concrete, the cabinets from wood veneer, and the countertops of stone—gives the house a sturdy, luxurious look that helps the Honeyworks House feel more contemporary than vintage.