Loft Apartment West Melbourne
This apartment in West Melbourne by Adrian Amore Architects is a work of art – Walls sinuously move and bend through this loft apartment interior housed in a former butter factory, in West Melbourne. A sculptural stair sits at the converging point in the space, twisting, and soaring up towards a recreational roof terrace which overlooks the city of Melbourne.
Monochrome white on white palette, the twisting, bending walls take centre-stage. Initially a much more square and conventional space – a former butter factory – the interior took on a dynamic tone when the steel truss that cut through the space was removed.
A sculptural staircase made from steel, plywood and plaster has been constructed in the middle of the home, winding up to a recreational roof deck which overlooks the city. The kitchen, living room, dining room and studio are all open-plan defined by the bathroom, laundry and pantry space, which are concealed behind curving plaster walls.
“A supremely impressive space. The architect has given the warehouse conversion a unique and refreshing take. The design is not heavy handed; it is sinuous and delicate, showing restraint in its use of a limited colour palette of muted tones. The use of light and the juxtaposition of soft and hard forms help to create a truly breathtaking living experience. The apartment is heavily layered with hidden components that continue to reveal themselves. These elements ultimately engage the inhabitant, creating breathtaking spatial pauses through occupation. Loft Apartment is an exemplary design that is truly a breath of fresh air.” – Jury Citation/Australian Interior Design Awards
Jury Citation/Australian Houses Awards:
This reworking of an existing loft-style apartment in inner Melbourne brings an operatic virtuosity to a conventional two-storey warehouse volume.
A modest corner entry is linked to the central space at the lower level via flanking curved walls, aligned to reinforce the diagonal view through to the opposite corner. The triple-height, light-filled living area is abundant with interwoven, curved, painted plaster surfaces, orchestrated by a sensual twisting staircase that serves the two main levels. An unassuming straight staircase provides access to an upper dining area and rooftop terrace on the third level.
The minimalist materials and colour palettes contrast sublimely with the complexity of the convoluted forms, and re-used elements are subsumed into the vitality of the new. Spatial layouts are relatively straightforward but also provide in-built flexibility and adaptability.
Resolution of the interior architecture has been fuelled by a strategic decision made during the design phase to remove a dominant restrictive roof truss, enabling access and usage of the rooftop area and the sculptural form-making that envelops the whole. This apartment is a masterful embodiment of form and function.
Adrian Amore Architects:
Walls bend and converge in this loft apartment housed in a former butter factory, West Melbourne, Australia. A sculptural stair sits at the converging point in the space, twisting dramatically, and soaring up towards a recreational roof deck which overlooks the city of Melbourne.
A monochrome palate of white on white with charcoal and black, plays with the abundant natural light which is drawn in from the large north facing windows and ceiling void.
An open ground floor plan is defined by bending, wrapping walls which enclose a bathroom, laundry and storage spaces. Sliding doors create the opportunity for expanding or containing, depending on how the ground floor space is used, whether it be as a studio, a bedroom or for entertaining.
Project name: Loft Apartment West Melbourne
Location: West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates: -37.809723, 144.951580
Type: Apartment Interior
Building area: 238 sqm
Site Area: 133 sqm
Completion Year: 2013
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Interior Designer: Adrian Amore Architects – 17 Gore Street Fitzroy, Melbourne VIC 3065, Australia
Design: Adrian Amore
Builder: DM Urban
Engineer: Maurice Farrugia and Associates
Text Description: © Courtesy of Adrian Amore Architects, Australian Houses Awards, Australian Interior Design Awards, architectureau
Images: © Adrian Amore Architects, Fraser Marsden, flickr-Douglas McDonald