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at Yarra’s Edge in Mel­bourne makes the most of its river­side po­si­tion, says Michael Weiner, Mir­vac De­sign di­rec­tor. yarrasedge.mir­vac.com What was the start­ing point for the project and how does the de­sign re­flect the sur­round­ing con­text and the lo­cal life­style? We wanted to max­imise be­ing right on the wa­ter, and cre­ate light- lled, ex­i­ble in­door/out­door spa­ces while ref­er­enc­ing the mar­itime/in­dus­trial her­itage of the site. We did this by cre­at­ing a series of ver­ti­cally mod­u­lated ter­races with the de ning de­sign el­e­ment be­ing what I call jew­elled boxes in ma­te­ri­als that ref­er­ence the site’s his­tory such as raw tinted con­crete, zinc and cop­per that age over time. The houses have a very strong sculp­tural form and a sense of unique­ness and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. What were the chal­lenges and how did you re­solve them? The houses are or­gan­ised around a three-storey space with a large sky­light and all the rooms open on to this. The sense of light and space is truly spe­cial. En­sur­ing this sense of vol­ume, space and light was a pri­mary de­sign goal. De­scribe the com­pleted in­te­rior? The in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture and the ex­te­rior ref­er­ence the in­spi­ra­tion for the site, cre­at­ing a holis­tic com­po­si­tion and liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The light, space, con­nec­tion to the river and ma­te­ri­al­ity cre­ate a sense of well­be­ing and calm. What are some favourite de­sign el­e­ments? Were there any de­vices used to max­imise the sense of space? The jew­elled boxes on the ex­te­rior, the three-storey void with the sky­light that lls the house with light, the mas­ter bed­room that feels like it is hov­er­ing over the river and the roof ter­race over­look­ing the city and the river are all fab­u­lous. What in­formed the se­lec­tion of ttings and nishes? We wanted the houses to be lux­u­ri­ous, re ned, with a con­nec­tion to the her­itage of the site and a warmth that said home. How do you en­vis­age a fu­ture owner us­ing this space? We try to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for dif­fer­ent ways of liv­ing, with ex­i­ble spa­ces and colour schemes that al­low own­ers to re ect their per­son­al­i­ties.

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