- Timothy Kaye
- Conrad Architects
Moving into or even viewing a new apartment is always a special moment. Your creativity ignites and you begin to imagine how you might edit a space—to make it your own. For minimalists, this will typically be a little less drastic than others who may look to fill a space as much as they can. A blank canvas is always a good reminder of what we feel we need in order to live well within a space.
With this in mind, we visit the inner eastern Melbourne suburb in Australia, where we step inside the Malvern Apartments complex comprised of 14 residences. Designed by Conrad Architects, these apartments are characterised by their timeless quality and positive contribution to the surrounding urban landscape.
Malvern residences find their inspiration in Stonnington’s stately homes, mirrored in the linear design and soaring vertical proportions that creates an elegant sense of volume. Within the building’s architecture, full-height glazing is used to connect each interior to the outdoor landscape; with high ceilings and bright white walls welcoming in an abundance of natural light.
Steering away from trends, clean form design combines with classic materials such as light oak flooring and charcoal-coloured panelling, making way for homes distinguished by unique spaces. High-quality, tactile finishes were incorporated such as Pietra Natuca marble and opulent aged bronze to accent the contemporary high contrast palette, creating a sense of refined sanctuary throughout each apartment.
With a generous approach to amenity; a sense of luxury has been created. Ensuite bathrooms feature marble-topped vanities with individual basins, alongside freestanding baths, heated towel racks, and opulent bronze tapware. Walk-in robes and butler’s pantries further the sense of opulent rejuvenation.
Positioned at the core of each home, the kitchens were approached with considered detail. A marble island anchors each kitchen, with space for seating allowing residents to engage their guests while entertaining. High-end, minimalist tapware and appliances enhance the environment, making it both functional and aesthetic.