Albert Park I
Albert Park, VIC, Australia
Albert Park I by Chelsea Hing exemplifies the transformative power of good design. Good design has the ability to transfigure homes, reconstruct ideologies and change lives.
Initially tasked with resolving the heart of the home – the upstairs living and dining – the scope of this project quickly spread to the entire two-bedroom residence. This was due to the clients complete faith in the creative design soloutions created by the Chelsea Hing team.
Faced with numerous site constraints, the studio drew on an emotive layering of design responses to resolve an awkward floor plan, low ceilings, and severe lack of natural light. Envisaging a quiet retreat for its occupants, Chelsea Hing was inspired to create a moody, tonal palette, born from soft grey applied to the walls, bringing personality and warmth whilst diminishing the impact of the low ceilings.
A sense of seclusion and privacy was further established with light filtering timber shutters and soft linen curtains; important layers of texture complimented by a considered approach to furniture, art and objects throughout. A fireplace was introduced to the open plan living area, anchoring the space and providing a natural focal point for visitors as they ascend from the ground floor entrance.
With consideration for scale and a desire for welcoming comfort, overstuffed sofas were employed to create familiar symmetry, whilst the rest of the furniture and joinery was elevated, allowing for a lighter feel in the compact space. The adjacent kitchen was redesigned to subtly interface with the living zone. A new breakfast bar was installed for casual meals, while the separate dining area was reimagined for more formal occasions.
A light-starved master bedroom was deliberately transformed into an evocative sanctuary, with walls covered in grass cloth paper, soft pendant lights added to the bedside, and a rich layering of fabrics and textiles, embracing its innately dark personality.
By resolving the emotive needs of the client with practical site constraints, Albert Park I is a haven for its occupants and a world away from the bustling bayside neighbourhood outside.
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