Mornington Peninsula Magazine October 2018

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Morell St abode grows from English oak inspiration BY LIZ ROGERS

There is an award-winning contemporary home on Morell St in Mornington that has sprung from a young family’s desire to ensure a significant English oak tree at the rear of the allotment remained intact and glorious. The brief given to Vibe Design Group before embarking on this breathtaking design was to ensure there was a visual connection with the majestic life force from within the interior of the home while capturing distant bay views to celebrate the site’s coastal connection. The family also wanted a streamlined link between the kids’ rumpus area and the outdoor play zone.

The final result is spectacular. Upon entry you immediately relate emotionally to the ancient form sprawling its greenery across the breadth of the black anodised window combination. Outside becomes inside. Height, depth and width open the mind’s eye while delivering a timeless organic statement of mega proportions. This is a home designed with aesthetics and interaction with surrounds equally in mind and this far-sighted understanding flows from lower to upper level where framed bay views and the lower pool deck connect the themes of water. Volumes responding to terrain and excellence in the use of glass are key to this property’s minimalist success. Vibe Design Group’s grasp of how glass can connect interior levels with exterior vistas is palpable. The ground level rises into the upper living zone through the installation of a glass wall separating the upstairs living area and void, which becomes an invisible buffer, achieved with floor and ceiling recess details and large spans. Senior Vibe Design Group designer Kathryn O’Sullivan explains. “The glass extends across the study entry — interrupted only with a circular door handle, allowing the tree view to take precedence, clear and directional. Views of the outside were vital to this property’s success. The owners wanted the building to present in a minimalist way to the street with timber battening disguising the garage door and extending solid and transparent over the entry. You can just see tips of the oak tree filtering over the deep roof from street level for a taste of what is to come. As soon as you step over the threshold, your eyes are drawn to the beauty of the oak standing proudly down the hall and through the rumpus room.” Vibe Design Group received the Excellence in Use of Glass Award for its Morell House at this year’s Design Awards held at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Its clients were rewarded with a lifetime of English oak tree and sea view pleasure. Stunning. VIBE DESIGN GROUP A: 29/1140 Nepean Highway, Mornington T: 5975 8288 W: E: FB: vibedesigngroup INSTA: vibedesigngroup

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