The idea in this series is to show inspiring unusual shaped house design. Its called Tramway House project by Vibe Design Group. The unusual shaped site triggered an innovative design response, unique in both shape and form, a sense of movement was created, as the zinc-clad box appears to have dropped in part to create entry with balcony over. a battened timber system was not only used to balance the facade, it also disguises the vehicle access, and partially screens the windows in the primary living area form passers by. Check out this unusual shaped house design in Melbourne, Australia with picture below:
Tramway House Project Summaries:
Use for private residence
Site area:956 sqm
Total floor area; 327 sqm
Outdoor living arae 77 sqm
Structure: Rheinzink – standing seam, exotec facede panel sytem, battened timber, stainless stell
Award: most creative design – bayside built environment awards 2011
According the designer:
The splayed living area features the kitchen, laundry and scullery at the narrowed end, opening to the dining and lounge area at the other. A timber-lined wall defines the end of the space and features a fireplace and wall-mounted television, before wrapping the corner and leading to a crossroads in the floor plan layout. This point signifies the access point from the garage, staircase ascending to the upper story or sliding wall access into the sitting area/study and master bedroom. Integrated access doors into the cellar and powder room are also disguised in the horizontally lined messmate feature wall.
A flexible upper story layout accommodates the immediate 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 for the north facing entertaining space, with swimming pool and landscaped area, to be fully maximised. As viewed from the rear, the lower story has a lightweight feel and provides all rooms an appreciation of the swimming pool and landscaped garden.
The upper story 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. We broke the shackles of conventionality and allowed the site’s inherent possibilities to guide the design process, which resulted in a dynamic solution. With sustainability always a primary consideration, optimum orientation combined with slab-on-ground construction and high-performing windows ensure year-round comfort for the occupants, with minimal mechanical assistance.
Tramway House Photography by Robert Hamer