Approaching the renovation of an apartment located in a former butter factory in West Melbourne, Adrian Amore Architects imagined an unconventional yet innovative layout. Brought to life, the space is a beautiful home that celebrates form without compromising function.
DESIGN Adrian Amore Architects | PHOTOGRAPHY Fraser Marsden
Breaking down the conventional spaces between rooms, floors and living areas, the home spans two floors and a roof terrace, with an open plan space on the ground floor creating a central hub for the apartment. The curved staircase provides a focal point amongst the space of the ground floor, spiralling up to the upper mezzanine and roof terrace. This sculptural language continues in the walls, as they twist and turn into individual corners. The overall effect is assured yet curious – it’s a space that wrangles modern forms and simple spaces into one with ease.
The sculptural layout and monochrome palette suggest a blank canvas for the design-savvy inhabitant – you could easily treat the downstairs open plan space as a bedroom and use upstairs as a studio, or host a small team within the ground floor space. Large north-facing windows and ceiling void ensure ample natural light throughout, while marble benches in the kitchen area and floorboards on the mezzanine level help to break up the spaces within the home.
Though thoroughly modern in aesthetic, the lack of defined spaces in the home offers a timeless quality – who knows if you’ll need that study as a seperate space in ten years? Once thing’s for sure, this is a design that will engage and inspire its inhabitants for years to come.