Caulfield North

Simple and serene, this elegant landscape is open, fresh and functional, but restrained design and unyielding craftsmanship offer an intimacy and warmth that create a sense of isolation and privacy. Ideal for a young family and undeniably striking, this garden is the result of entirely trusting the integrity of the designer.


Salame Residence

Located on a steep, remote site near Beirut, this garden space has been transformed into a peaceful sanctuary, offering a retreat from the chaos of city life. Capturing the beauty of the mountain ranges and providing ample space for contemplation, the space also provides room for outdoor entertainment or simply the intimate interactions of friends and family.


San Francisco Residence

Located in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco, this urban residential garden takes full advantage of a small space with three discretely landscaped sections, each enclosed and rigorously defined by both architectural and planted edges. While the space can be appreciated from the upper levels of the house, it is best experienced from within as an intimate and connected series of restful courtyards around the home.


EDR Building Designs - The Lakehouse

Built on a challenging block, this gorgeous home by EDR Building Designs makes the most of every square metre of its footprint, achieves a GreenSmart accreditation and boasts a unique, contemporary style. The variety of building fabrics creates a striking façade, with this theme continued through to the fresh and inviting interior. This showcases the attractive alternatives available to conventional materiality and what a difference good design can make to the comfort and aesthetics of a house.


Dion Seminara Architecture - Hawthorn

This gorgeous home had a unique and delightful character that the owner, architect and builder Dion Seminara hoped to retain in a modern renovation, one that would pair the classic style elements with contemporary principles and materials in an altogether timeless design.


Debra Cronin Design - Woollahra House

The owners of this gorgeous space were hoping to transform a derelict historical building (with modern sub-divisions) into a united, visually diverse environment in which to work, rest and play.


Staffan Tollgard Design Group - Kingston Mansion

Set on an enviable plot in south-west London that boasts proximity to the city alongside the local context of a country property, this luxurious, highly customized family mansion houses a family of five.


Graham Jones Design - Brighton Renovation

Conceived by Graham Jones Design, with interiors by Bianca Jones ID and construction by Good Constructions, this gorgeous renovation revives and enhances an existing single-storey residence.


Latitude Architects - The Strand

Latitude Architects designed these townhouses to have a dramatic visual presence, both up close and at a distance.


Lubelso by Canny - Spring Road

Designed by Lubelso, this contemporary four-bedroom family home is refined and bold. Slender and elegant from the front, minimal blades across the first floor create an immediate street presence and a heightened sense of arrival. Inside, the handsome space boasts a series of expansive independent living zones, ideal for the flow of family life.

Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:29

Vibe Design - Kew House

The owners of this exquisite home came to the Vibe Design Group 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.

In the early design phase, Vibe’s team were looking to create an open, 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 – affording the house the appearance of floating out across the land. Vibe’s 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 to the treed backdrop.

The timber has a unique ability to assimilate into the surrounds, offering a very different visual affect. To the north, Silvertop Ash is still evident but only on the third storey – as from this vantage point Vibe 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. 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. Its intention is to create the feeling of being at the base of a huge tree. 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 its ability to reflect the outer landscape.

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. Classic Calacatta Marble has been used in the bathrooms, while the kitchen has Caesarstone on bench tops, also forming a preparation cube at the end of the main island bench.

Vibe Design Group
551 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Telephone : 1800 188 056

Photography by Robert Hamer

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