Location: Melbourne, Australia

Principal Architects: Robert Caulfield & Ivo Krivanek

Brief: The East-West axis of the site on the prestigious Lum Road in Wheelers Hill, offers the potential for expansive views to the Dandenong Ranges in the east, especially from the first floor. The family’s brief was for an impressive and unique “forever home” that reflects the value of its neighbourhood.

On entering this Art Deco home, space and light are in abundance with 7m ceilings and atrium poised over the staircase and internal garden containing a feature tree and planting. This entry space seamlessly merges the ground and first floors, and offers a unique connection throughout the home. Substantial living areas on level 1 include a formal lounge and dining room, and a private study, as well as a more casual family area connected to an entertainers kitchen, each capturing panoramic views from the large windows. The ground floor hosts another casual family area, closely linked to the children’s bedrooms. Both the ground and first floors are linked via wide walkways to the outdoor leisure area which includes an undercover heated pool, gym, sauna and change facilities. Above this, an outdoor kitchen with BBQ and dining adds amenity to enjoy this resort style space, whilst also capturing the surrounding views. The basement offers more room for play in the games room and home theatre, and a lift across the 3 levels links these rooms as well as the basement carpark with the rest of the home.

Incorporating four large bedrooms, all with ensuites and walk-in-robes, as well as a generous Master Suite with balcony to again take in views of the Dandenong Ranges, this home offers pleasing accommodation on a grand scale.