The Australian studio, Edition Office, uses rounded volumes to create a spacious layout for their latest project. The Melburnian Apartment is in a residential complex in Melbourne's Southbank neighbourhood. It was designed for a couple looking for a unique, personalised home.
The flat has a huge arched glass wall that overlooks the Royal Botanical Gardens and Melbourne's art district. However, the view was interrupted by a strange layout that forced rectangular volumes into the crescent-shaped floor plan. Edition Office was inspired by this unique shape and chose rounded volumes to divide the house into spaces.
The rounded walls create a flowing play of light and shadow.
In total, there are three volumes that run from floor to ceiling. Each volume has storage space and a specific function. There is a kitchen, an office space and a smaller study, which resembles a library study cubicle because of the built-in leather sofa and small desk. The exterior of each volume is finished in white, oiled oak and the interior is covered in grey, granite tiles. These two materials were chosen for their texture and natural beauty. They were used in their natural state with limited industrial refinement. The volumes moderate the abundance of light caused by the enormous windows in the flat. The rounded walls create a flowing play of light and shadow that unifies the space. The lines of sight have also been carefully averted from the sleeping area so that there is sufficient privacy. Edition Office wanted to create a home in which the resident could flow or move effortlessly from one place to another. To achieve this, they used a unique layout and omitted doors. The house is not divided into rooms, but rather invites a special architectural walk along different functions. Inspired by what the Australian design studio realised here? Then be sure to also check out a previous project by them which we wrote about, Hawthorn House.
Photography by Ben Hosking and Kim Bridgland