Well-Honed Luxury – The Grace Albert Park by Fender Katsalidis
Albert Park, VIC, Australia

Architecture Fender Katsalidis
Interior Design Mim Design
Words Bronwyn Marshall

As a reimagining of the retirement experience, The Grace Albert Park proposes an elevated template for later-life communities. With architecture and common areas by Fender Katsalidis and apartment interiors a collaboration with Mim Design, a well-honed interpretation of residential luxury is expressed through refined detailing.

Located in the inner-urban milieu of Albert Park, the proposal of a new luxury retirement vernacular sees the creation of a precinct of assisted and enabled luxury living combine. A collaboration between Fender Katsalidis and Mim Design, The Grace Albert Park is the result of extensive study and exploration to see the encompassing seventy-nine apartments of varying size come together as a connected and integrated community. As part of a staged approach, this first stage expresses a keen direction for a high-calibre residential experience.

The homes specifically cater to this later life stage, and the design reflects a classic timelessness to bridge between the contemporary and a proposed future relevance.

With a less-than-conventional brief, the apartments reflect a changing landscape within the aged care and retirement model. While allowing for varying levels of independence, key to the design is the ingrained and effortless sense of luxury imbued throughout. Integrated storage and purposeful joinery elements ease the transition from larger homes and accommodate all the elements that collected over a well-lived life. The resulting homes specifically cater to this later life stage, and the design reflects a classic timelessness to bridge between the contemporary and a proposed future relevance.

Located in the inner-urban milieu of Albert Park, the proposal of a new luxury retirement vernacular sees the creation of a precinct of assisted and enabled luxury living combine.

Capturing access to natural light and with views over Albert Park Lake and the city of Melbourne, The Grace sees cooling natural stone balanced by warming timber elements to propose a restrained architectural experience and set the foundations for a rich and rewarding quality of life. This initial phase of The Grace sees a combination of one, two- and three-bedroom apartments combine over eighteen levels and is founded on a core ideology of connection. Through the shared facilities and access to ancillary support throughout a sense of community is nurtured.

The Grace sees cooling natural stone balanced by warming timber elements to propose a restrained architectural experience and set the foundations for a rich and rewarding quality of life.

Bringing together their combined understanding of luxury, Fender Katsalidis and Mim Design beautifully capture the aspirational intention to create an elevated retirement experience.

Published 13 May, 2020
Photography  Willem-Dirk du Toit
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