Imagicasa has long been a big fan of Conrad Architects. The architectural firm is based in Melbourne and was founded by Paul Conrad. Known for its exacting approach to the creation of refined, elegant homes and always respecting the long tradition of architecture, each project is worked out with an eye for detail.
The latest project by Conrad Architects called Melfort Townhouses is a grand Georgian-style house (dating back to 1935) and has been transformed into five townhouses with great respect for the heritage and context of the site. "Working with historic buildings brings the challenge of managing structures, but it also brings great opportunities to exploit the richness of character that has developed over time," Conrad said. Georgian architecture is about balance, so this design style is always very symmetrical and sparing of ornamentation. The Conrad Architects team built on this approach, but with a contemporary touch.
Luxurious look with rich texture and classic details.
The interior design was approached with a distinctly European sensibility, with restraint and fine detailing leading the way. In addition, the project features a soft and neutral palette that is reflected in the oak floors, kitchen joinery and ornate fireplaces in Cararra marble. The joinery was deliberately designed as individual pieces of furniture, which as contemporary furniture elements, still fit into the historic interior. The two living areas have a luxurious feel with rich textures and classic details combined with a beautiful selection of furniture and lighting. The white linen sofa designed by Tom Verellen and the Geta coffee table by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Galerie kreo are pieces that blend perfectly into this interior. The special Arrow pendant lamp in brass and calfskin in the living room is by Apparatus. In the living room, the many curves in the interior are offset by the square lines of the two chairs by Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld. The artwork of Richard Serra gives the room that sought-after graphic touch, while the carpets of Armadillo & Co give both living rooms extra warmth and cosiness. Furthermore, the elegant aesthetics continued with beautiful pieces by Vincent Van Duysen, B&B Italia and Minotti. This project of five houses in Hawthorn is a perfect example of classic minimalism and restraint, but also layered with a depth of emotion, sensitively balancing the contemporary with the historical design. Images by Third Aesthetic