Located on a wide, tree-lined street in leafy Malvern, this exceptional residence stands as a collaboration with Emma Tulloch Architects, Mim Design & Jack Merlo Landscapes. Built by award winning VCON Builders.
The clean-cut angles of this sleek Melbourne home are softened by the cleverly placed, curvaceous contours. The home’s overwhelming, box like structural geometries are moderated by sweeping curves that gently bend around corners. The most dramatic are at the oversized entryway and silo-like, polished plaster curved staircase with its steel ribbon balustrade. In the cellar, black stained oak veneer joinery follows the radial form of the room and in the kitchen, two solid blocks of stone have been carved with round edges. While powerfully heavy, a natural palette creates a softened sense of intimacy and clam. To the left of the ground floor, off the lobby, is a powder room in moody Nero Marquina marble. To the right, a north facing study overlooks a garden designed by Jack Merlo with running water as a calming effect.
Off the hallway, fluted glass doors open to a large lounge and formal dining room outfitted in a B & B Italia “Oskar’ table and Friends & Founders La Pipe chairs.
The cosy, casual den opposite features floor to ceiling views of the garden and pool, brightening the grey and neutral space. The corridor path pauses at a black steel portal, transitioning from narrow floor tiles into a larger format, making the intersection between formal and casual areas. From here, the expansive rear balloons out with an open-plan kitchen, dining and casual living area. A glass walkway links to the “West Wing”, a large secondary zone with pavilion lounge, ensuite and bedroom that opens onto a terrace and basketball court. The self-contained, apartment style accommodation was designed with guests in mind and a retreat from the house that completely shuts off from the main house and opens to allow air to flow through the pavilion bringing outside in.
This house won 1st place in the 2019 Global Sub Zero Wolf design competition with over 1800 entries, an impressive result for such a detailed house inside and out, a truly forever house.