The completion of Mirvac's Cargo Homes at Wharf’s Entrance has created a new style of living that aims to balance the opposing requirements of office and home.
Located at Yarra’s Edge among the nearly complete Forge apartment tower and grand waterfront Wharfside Residences, Cargo Homes has adopted floor plans which accommodate a home-based business, with an office space on ground level, and living areas on the top two floors.
Mirvac General Manager Residential Victoria Elysa Anderson said there has been a significant increase in the proportion of people working from home and the Cargo Homes were designed to offer a solution to the way we live and work today.
“Telecommuting is fast on the rise and we’re seeing more and more people abandoning the workplace in favour of working from home.
“We recognised a gap in the market, with [few] new homes containing deliberately designed office spaces, and are proud to deliver this hybrid home office in one of Melbourne’s key hubs for professionals,” Anderson said.
Sales are reflecting a strong market for the project's modern interpretation of the workplace, with purchasers drawn to these distinctive home offices.
Stage one has sold out; stage two comprises of five three-bedroom homes and two four-bedroom homes, which range from 234 square metres to 300 square metres internally, with each home featuring a double garage and additional car space.
Balconies have been provided to the living level and top level to take advantage of the city views and the northern aspect.
The name Cargo is derived from the wharfside history that helped shape Melbourne’s waterfront when cargo was once delivered to Melbourne via the Yarra River.
This heritage is referenced in the homes’ architecture and the use of raw materials give the buildings their own individual expression with the use of brick, zinc, copper, raw concrete and timber composite panelling on the façades.
Mirvac Design Director Michael Wiener said the use of raw materials provides a light industrial aesthetic with a strong contemporary edge.
“The materials are designed to reference the site’s heritage, with a textural organic rawness juxtaposed against more modern finishes of steel and glass,” Wiener said.
The interiors are largely carpeted, with tiles selected for the kitchens and the option of a timber upgrade.
Kitchens are utilitarian, with reconstituted stone bench-tops, chrome tap-ware and reflective colourback and glass splash-backs, while the bathrooms feature vitrified flooring, full-height wall tiles, vanity units, reconstituted stone bench-tops and metallic feature walls.