The clients in this stunning penthouse apartment overlooking the Yarra River wanted their spacious balcony to have some character rather than be a concrete shell.

Matthew came up with an innovative design that needed the clients to have an open mind and be prepared to take a leap of faith. He wanted to create a trompe l'oeil.

Matthew engaged the services of friend and talented artist David Hurwitz to paint the walls of the balcony with scenes reflecting the views that can be seen beyond.

The usable space was planted out and artificially turfed to not only create a new living space, but also to blend in seamlessly with the stunning paintings.

The result is a showpiece of collaborative work from two talented artists.

The artist, David Hurwitz.