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Interior Design - Residential

Kew House 1

Interior Design – Residential
Most Effective Use of Glass
Vibe Design Group Pty Ltd
1800 188 056
www.vibedesign.com.au
Robert Hamer

Located on a high profile site on Melbourne’s Yarra Boulevard, the client wanted to develop two dwellings on one lot. The homes were required to command an individual presence within the streetscape, and stand alone as single residences both physically and aesthetically when later sub-divided. One enters the property behind the sculptured bluestone feature with its glass lining, which appears to defy gravity as it levitates above the landscaped yard.

Considered space planning and orientation of furniture ensure that this open plan interior is thoughtfully zoned, and allows for the creation of intimate spaces.

“The plan includes surprise elements such as the concealed butler’s pantry and the hidden entry to the upper level bedroom,” said the Judges. “A neutral colour palette is employed throughout, with varying textures and high quality finishes defining the functions of the zones, creating a boutique-like feel throughout. Visual ties – such as the slatted timber wall which accentuates the length of the mid-level living area and pierces through the floor to create the upper storey balustrade – act as binding elements for the three levels.”

“This is a well resolved interior which shows restraint and great attention to detail,” said the Judges.

The project also won the Most Effective Use of Glass award, sponsored by Viridian. While many entries used glass generously, this entry won the category for its sparing and innovative use of the material. Glass has been used in a purely decorative manner to line the walls of the entry, providing textural contrast and unexpected high reflectance levels. A simple and cleanly detailed glass roof above the entry is a feature, without being a distraction. The use of glass lends interest and gives a sense of lightness to the building.