An Expertly Honed Vision – Munro House by Mim Design and PBD Architects
Located in Sydney’s prestigious Elizabeth Bay, Munro House by Mim Design, PBD Architects and Top Spring Australia is imbued with a romantic nostalgia for days gone by. The rich history of the surrounding area has not only informed the design, but it is deeply ingrained in its identity. The exterior sets a striking tone while interiors by Mim Design illustrate an expertly honed vision, resulting in a multi-residential project with excellent design at its very core.
Situated along Greenknowe Avenue in the beautiful harbourside enclave of Elizabeth Bay, Munro House settles fittingly into its surroundings. While highly contemporary, the solid tonal brick façade reflects the grand architectural legacy of the area, creating a wonderful dialogue with its art deco neighbours. The undulating form and bold choice of materials create a powerful profile, however, the effect is anything but heavy-handed. Landscaping by Taylor Brammer softens the building; verdant greenery cascades from each sculptural balcony and mature trees envelop the structure, obscuring sections and framing views from within.
While the building is initially defined by its distinctive form, the interior spaces are as inviting as they are adventurous, presenting an intriguing interplay with the exterior. Designed by Melbourne-based interior architecture practice Mim Design, each of the 30 luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom residences is imbued with a sense of art deco grandeur. “For us it was always about creating a holistic approach from a design sensibility, making sure the inside and the outside worked together,” says Miriam Fanning, Founder and Principal Interior Designer of Mim Design.
True to the project’s enduring ethos, the interiors take ample cues from the architectural fabric of Elizabeth Bay, as well as the local Magnolia and Jacaranda trees, and lush nearby gardens. A large commissioned artwork by Jade Oakley encases the foyer, carrying the essence of the exterior through the threshold. Additional references to the artwork permeate Munro House in subtle and poetic ways. A series of custom illustrations done by Yuliya Yg for the project showing different scenes around the development and a handmade solid copper sculpture, which takes inspiration from the twisting organic form of the local Port Jackson Figtree as it winds its way across the walls and ceiling, further showcase the commitment to the arts.
Throughout the building there is an overriding sense of opulence, but it is not overwhelming, rather expertly restrained through a refined palette of materials and tones. Timber, marble, granite and wool characterise the interiors and heighten the experience within each of the exclusive residences. Lush amber rugs, striking black timber cabinetry, bronze fixtures and natural stone create moments of elegance within the curvaceous and sculptural building envelope. Each of the apartments are substantial in their size with generous proportions and a fluidity that encourages connection to the outdoors. There is an abundance of natural light; high ceilings and large windows create openness and ventilation while architectural screening and considered planting provide welcome privacy. All 30 apartments feature underfloor heating, stone benchtops, Subzero and Wolf kitchens and Control4 home automation.
The Penthouse sees impeccable quality, amenity and detailing take precedence. Featuring an exceptional terrace with plunge pool, native planting and glimpses to the harbour, the Penthouse is an unrivalled benchmark for inner-city living. Inside, the kitchen offers functionality and style in equal measure with an expansive natural stone island bench and premium appliances, while the custom-built bar adds a touch of splendour; it can be open or closed depending on the occasion. There is an effortless flow between the living and dining spaces, which are filled with natural stone, polished plaster and timber flooring. The effect is at once calming and captivating. With excellent detailing and consideration for context, the Munro House Penthouse illustrates Mim Design’s ability to tread the line between highly refined interiors and human centric design.
While these thoughtfully designed homes are the crux of this magnificent project, Munro House is layered in its offering. Each moment has been considered as experiential, and Taylor Brammer’s landscaping goes a long way in achieving this. A seated garden with ferns and flowering trees creates a tranquil entrance; a Zen garden on the third level with timber seating is the ideal spot for a quiet escape, and the rooftop features an expansive community garden with outdoor kitchen facilities, sensory plantings of lavender and rosemary, and various pockets to sit and relax.
Without question, Munro House exceeds its premise as a premium residential development. But there is more to this highly cultivated project than its physical presence – it is a gesture to Elizabeth Bay, a nod to the area’s varied history and an offering towards its vibrant future. It promises to not only enrich the lives of its residents, but also the existing dynamism of the community.