2014 Houses Awards: Apartment or Unit

Apartment or Unit Loft Apartment by Adrian Amore Architects 2014 Houses Awards

Jury comment

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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Award for Apartment or Unit supported by Geberit.

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
Builder DM Urban
Engineer Maurice Farrugia and Associates
Site Details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site area 133 m2
Building area 238 m2
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 6 months
Category Residential
Type Apartments
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