2012 Houses Awards: Apartment, Unit or Townhouse

Airlie Bank (Vic) by Neometro with McAllister Alcock Architects

Jury comment

So often in Australia, apartments are poorly planned, leaving little scope for any interior design rescue. Not so at Airlie Bank. The bones of this project are well placed, while good use of natural light, sensible planning that is easily adaptive to a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle, light and fresh air to every room, and a recessive yet functional kitchen all work together in a neat composition.

The quality of design extends well beyond the architect’s desire for “refined materials which express their natural and raw state.” Natural side light to kitchen benches; niche lighting to bathrooms; utility areas that are hidden yet accessible; a “borrowed” study; well-planned joinery; practical, elegant sanitary fittings; a generous terrace as outdoor living room extension – all of this adds up to a project greater than the sum of its parts, and one that achieves a high-quality design outcome. A sense of space, light and air is both implied and real in this apartment design. Take out all of the furnishings and still it is a delightful place for city living.

See our review of this project from Houses 85.

Award for Apartment, Unit or Townhouse supported by Duravit.

Products and materials

Lysaght Klip-lok roof decking; Ausmesh insulation.
External walls
CFC precast concrete; rendered masonry with smooth stucco finish; GRC Environments panels and screens in white, patterned screen to facade; granite with flamed white opal finish to entry.
Internal walls
Solid black party walls with plaster and paint finish; Sikkens cedar battens with weathered cedar stain; MDF panelling.
Capral black aluminium-framed windows; Lidi Group blinds and curtains.
Spence Doors semisolid core door; Dorma door closers; Gainsborough Peloris handles; custom-made whitewashed round timber handles.
European oak parquetry, chevron patterned with whitewash; Supertuft Escape Velour tufted wool carpet; Cotto d’Este porcelain tiles with Lux finish.
mLight Magazine suspended light; Masson For Light Tully Spot track lights; Inlite Tube Starr can lights; Coco Flip Coco pendant; Castore pendant and Porcelight light (powder room).
Miele stainless steel cooktop, oven, rangehood and dishwasher; SJB stainless steel bench with Arabescato stone inset; Arabescato stone and black mosaic Japanese tile splashbacks; Gemwood Interiors American oak timber veneer joinery.
Radiant Heating heated towel rails; Rogerseller ceramic basin and strap accessories; Pozzi Ginori porcelain basin; Arabescato stone benchtop.
External elements
Electrolux integrated stainless steel barbecue; Insail Yachting awning.
Heating and cooling
Fujitsu airconditioning.
Hub furniture.


Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Jeff Provan, Nina Provan, Clare McAllister, Karen Alcock, Maria Danos, Jack Tu,
McAllister Alcock Architects (MAA)
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Builder Neocon 4
Developer Neometro
Engineer Bland Connard Menzies
Landscaping Rush\Wright Associates, Neil Barnes
Lighting Cult, Artemide, Masson for Light
Site details
Location Airlie Bank Lane,  South Yarra,  Melbourne,  Vic,  3141,  Australia
Number of stories 4
Site type Suburban
Site area 610 m2
Building area 185 m2
Category Residential
Type Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 5 months
Construction 18 months



Published online: 27 Jul 2012
Words: Houses Awards Jury 2012
Images: Shannon McGrath


Houses, August 2012

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