Winner of The Interior Fitout – Residential Award, 2010
Winner of The Timber Flooring Award, 2010
The building in which this project is situated was originally an office tower converted in the 1980's to residential. The previous fit out belonged to the original conversion some 30 years ago. Located at the west end of an 'arc' shaped floor plate, the elevated apartment affords intimate and distanced views to the north, west and south of inner Melbourne.
In contrast to the complexity of views and activity of inner city living, the apartment is a sanctuary in the sky. At the core of this idea is the use and expression of the material, timber.
The large expanses of windows ensures plenty of natural light. The hand scraped limed american oak engineered floor was selected for its subtle characteristic colour and matt sheen that absorbs harsh light and reflects a soft light throughout the apartment.
The linear nature of the timber grain and hand scraping are explored in the set out of the timber floor. Following the radial structural grid of the base building, the floor boards are rotated in sections to match.
The same american oak floor board is used to construct the custom designed dining table. Precise detailing is executed to perfection. The dining table panels align perfectly with the floor, including both vertical and horizontal joints.
This principle applies to master bed, bed head wall and bathroom joinery, custom designed and made of the same material. Whilst these spaces are relatively modest dimensionally, the use of timber as the single material creates a sense of carved tranquillity through the play of light on simple sculptural forms.
The limited material palette of the core fit out, limed american oak, travertine and off white walls is enriched by contrasting luxurious materials such as leather, felt, linen, and lacquer for furniture.
The television / bar credenza is finished in a recycled timber veneer, a subtle contrast to limed american oak, and linked to the palette of living room furniture. Similarly a bleached cedar side table sits in the study.