We just received yet another impressive contemporary residence from Vibe Design Group. Tramway is a private home located in Melbourne Australia, occupying an area of 327 meters (plus an outdoor living space of 77 meters). Here is the official project description we were sent: “Given the client’s involvement in motorsport, we were motivated to create a form with a sense of movement. On the street façade it appears that a portion of the Zinc Clad Box has shifted below. This offset in fact creates a covered entry and directs the balcony over. A battened timber system was not only used to balance the façade, it also disguises the garage door, and partially screens the windows in the primary living space from passers by.Inside the home a timber-lined wall defines the end of the splayed living area and features a fireplace and wall-mounted television, before wrapping the corner and leading to a crossroads in the floor plan layout. Integrated access doors into the cellar and powder room are disguised in the horizontally lined messmate timber feature wall.

A flexible upper storey layout accommodates the needs of the client’s children, with an optional isolated ‘apartment style’ space for visiting guests.  The irregular shaped spaces throughout create a fluidity and functionality, which could not have been achieved with a conventional rectangular format.  Furthermore, it allowed the north facing entertaining space, with swimming pool and landscaped area, to be fully maximized. As viewed from the rear, the lower storey has a lightweight feel and provides all rooms an appreciation of the swimming pool and landscaped garden.  The upper storey hovers above as though it were a floating sculpture.  The zinc form is punched-in to give the guest bedroom a protected low-line window with direct line of sight to the swimming pool”. [Photographer: Robert Hamer]