As Melbourne CBD units continue to be in high demand, architects have begun to adapt existing buildings to create entirely new living spaces and experiences.
Apartment 302 is an example of a stunning feat of reimagination, located within Sargood House, a former textile manufacturing warehouse for Sargood and Gardiner which was built in 1926 and converted into an apartment building in 1998.
“Finding warmth amid cool materials, a once unappointed space feels structured by livability, with a clear focus on shared experience, whether that be eating, cooking or simply being together all at once.”
Shelley Roberts Architects
The unit features a muted colour palette, chosen deliberately to allow the colour to emerge naturally from the client’s collections and furnishings. Keeping with the industrial feel of the apartment’s shell, the designers were able to create a calming, relaxed environment within.
Ultra clean finishes and smooth lines are sleek and appealing while the modern, technological aspects of the home are kept hidden such as seamless in-wall speakers for the client’s love of music. Plus, the heating, cooling, exhaust systems, water and electrical systems are all contained beneath the computer floor.
Ensuring the home had plenty of storage space and an ample kitchen for the clients who are avid cooks was another important aspect of the project. Apartment 302 offers many opportunities to display art and books at every corner and even features a premium butler’s pantry for an elevated cooking experience.
“The clients, who only saw the project twice throughout the construction stage, cried when they walked into their completed home. I guess that’s a good thing…”
Shelley Roberts Architects’
By creating a dreamy space in the middle of the Melbourne CBD, brought to life by the client’s extensive book, art, record and film collection, it’s no wonder they were filled with emotion upon walking into Apartment 302 for the first time – it’s truly breathtaking.
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