This reworking of an existing loft-style apartment in inner Melbourne brings an operatic virtuosity to a conventional two-storey warehouse volume.
A modest corner entry is linked to the central space at the lower level via flanking curved walls, aligned to reinforce the diagonal view through to the opposite corner. The triple-height, light-filled living area is abundant with interwoven, curved, painted plaster surfaces, orchestrated by a sensual twisting staircase that serves the two main levels. An unassuming straight staircase provides access to an upper dining area and rooftop terrace on the third level.
The minimalist materials and colour palettes contrast sublimely with the complexity of the convoluted forms, and re-used elements are subsumed into the vitality of the new. Spatial layouts are relatively straightforward but also provide in-built flexibility and adaptability.
Resolution of the interior architecture has been fuelled by a strategic decision made during the design phase to remove a dominant restrictive roof truss, enabling access and usage of the rooftop area and the sculptural form-making that envelops the whole. This apartment is a masterful embodiment of form and function.
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Products and materials
- Lysaght Custom Orb sheeting; R5.0 Bradford Gold insulation batts.
- External walls
- Fielders Nailstrip panelling in Colorbond ‘Monument’.
- Internal walls
- Gyprock plasterboard in Wattyl ‘Chalkdust’.
- Centor sliding door tracks.
- Concrete finished in white tint and clear satin.
- Artemide Surf Halo 300 wall-mounted uplights and Rastaf 86 recessed downlights; Reggiani Sunny Lights on suspended track from Euroluce.
- AFA Vertus 745 undermount sink; Dorf Jovian pull-down mixer; stainless steel and honed Carrara stone benchtop from CDK Stone; joinery from A Line Joinery in Wattyl ‘Chalkdust’ 2-pac satin finish; stained blackbutt timber.
- Rogerseller Tonic mixer; honed Carrara marble vanity bench; Classic Ceramics wall tiles and unglazed hexagonal floor tiles; Ideal Standard white range sink.
- Furniture supplied by Space Furniture.
- Adrian Amore Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
- Project Team
- Adrian Amore
Engineer Maurice Farrugia and Associates
- Site Details
Site area 133 m2
Building area 238 m2
- Project Details
Design, documentation 6 months