Stacked Zinc Boxes Form Multi-Generational House in Melbourne

I have noticed the increase in multi-generational homes and I love the idea of family living together especially when older family members can not longer live on their own.

Pew Research Center defines a multigenerational household as one with grandparents and grandchildren or with two or more adult generations. The trend since 1980 is more people living in multigenerational homes, and a higher number of multigenerational households, said D'Vera Cohn, a senior writer and editor at Pew.

I found a beautifully designed multi-generational house in Melborne, Australia.  Australian architect Matt Gibson has created a multi-generational home from a stack of zinc-clad boxes on a narrow infill site in Melbourne.

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The house is formed by nonuniform boxes that allow it to be segmented vertically to cater to different generations of the family.

Due to the zoning regulations of the site, Gibson was required to create a building that would be used for business purposes on at least one level,  so the house has a commercial space at ground level with four floors of residential arranged above.

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The first to third stories have three clearly defined zones. The communal spaces such as the living and dining room, the private bedroom spaces, and finally the "retreat" spaces are all arranged inside different boxes.

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Roof terraces on the second and third floor provide outdoor places to relax with views over the city.

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An atrium at the centre of the plan brings light into all of the living spaces, and gives a visual connection between the house's levels.

It doubles as a cooling stack for ventilation, and mechanical shades have been installed above this atrium so protect it when the sun is at its highest during summer.

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This is a wonderfully designed Contemporary Multi-Generational Home!