This family house in suburban Melbourne is formed by the creation of two distinct horizontal volumes. The first volume is a partially submerged concrete spine which houses the main living spaces, a basement garage, workshop, gymnasium and first floor children’s bedroom area. Monolithic concrete walls are punctuated with slot windows to control light, ventilation and views to and from private spaces. The main living area is double height volume with full height glass to flood the space with natural daylight. This house wraps itself around a central deck and pool, offering privacy and protection from a neighbouring school and train line.
The second volume is made of zinc and glass and houses the master bedroom, retreat and study area at the upper level, with guest accommodation below. This lightweight and transparent element appears to float over the pool and provides a counterpoint to the monolithic form of the adjacent building volume.