KEW HOUSE 3 / Vibe Design Group

Kew house 3 / vibe design group

Project Details:
Location: Kew, Melbourne, Australia
Type: Residential Houses
Designers: Vibe Design Groupwww.vibedesign.com.au
Site Area: 694m2
Total Floor Area: 321m2
Outdoor Living Area: 91m2
Structure: Silvertop Ash Timber, Exotec Façade Panel System, Glass, Steel, Render
Photographer: Robert Hamer

The clients went to Vibe’s office with the intention of moving into property development. Common ground was that they were focused on presenting projects with high design content supporting a different visual approach.

Kew house 3 / vibe design group

In the early design phase we were looking to create an open, more interactive street presence which led to a very different design response.

The actual front façade was inspired by the study of 60s and early 70s stereo cabinets with the slatted timber reflecting the slotted speaker elements, in this case they accommodate the covered entry and private en suite window. The house sits lightly balanced on angled steel posts again reminiscent of the stereo cabinet legs, which affords the house the appearance of floating out across the land.

Kew house 3 / vibe design group

The project sits well in its treed environs, Silvertop Ash was chosen as the cladding because its eventual grey colour will blend completely and afford a sense of belonging in the treed backdrop.

Silvertop Ash timber has a unique ability to assimilate into the surrounds, offering a very different visual affect. To the North the timber is still evident but only on the third storey – as from this vantage point we wanted the upper level to appear as a tree house. ExoTec Façade Panel System was the other main material used because it offers a refreshing contrast to the timber.

Kew house 3 / vibe design group

The cut out element of the living area window directs the line of sight down to the pool, BBQ area and backyard space – protecting privacy.

The interior begins with a flat veneer wall on approach. It’s intention is to create the feeling of being at the base of a huge tree.

Kew house 3 / vibe design group

Practically, it houses the cloak, powder room, cellar and on into the integrated kitchen. It’s all achieved with hidden doors that, when opened, offer an unexpected surprise. This house is open yet private and the timber feature wall of the interior invites a journey of discovery. The cantilevered box on the street facade internally houses the day bed and library which interacts with the study space. The study has a glass splash back wall chosen for it’s ability to reflect the outer landscape.

Kew house 3 / vibe design group

A dumbwaiter is included which travels up from the garage into the scullery that resides behind one of the four integrated doors in the kitchen area. The classic Calcutta Marble has been used in the bathrooms, while the kitchen has Caesar stone bench tops and a preparation cube at the end of the main island bench.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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