Doherty Design Studio
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
From The Designer
A collaboration between Inarc Architects and Doherty Design Studio this three-level terrace was made for a couple wanting to down size to a luxury inner-city sanctuary. Natural light, a strong emphasis on entertaining and a connection to the outdoors (on all levels) was important.
The strong architectural lines are blended by a sophisticated mix of materials, textures and shapes, which were key to visually defining and balancing the spaces throughout, as well as assisting to counteract the long open-plan and narrow width (only seven metres) of the building.
Underpinning the design are layers of ceramic tiles, mirror, steel mesh, fluted glass, terrazzo tiles, stone, light and dark timber veneers, timber-lined ceilings and oak floors. An engaging palette of greens, grey and black against soft white.
Natural light was vital, as well as a link to the garden and exterior of the building.
Innovations such as a curved wall to soften the rectilinear lines and open shelving with integrated mirror, defines the entry and maximises light. A fluted glass/steel cabinet screens spaces, allows light penetration and offers elegant storage. A continuous stone platform along one wall houses functional elements – television, fireplace, display shelving and cabinetry – to define the different zones. A steel mesh staircase promotes a semi-industrial look and provides the opportunity for graphic hit of colour.
A cocktail bar is presented in the ‘party’ room on the third level, with a dose of purple delivering a feel of fun.
The success of the project is reliant on the order of the spaces and how their owners use them. This was accomplished by integrating smart design resolutions that would both complement the architecture, and mirror the diversity of its inner city location.