Contemporary Seaside Living – Alamer by Lowe Living
Representing the culmination of Lowe Living’s development expertise, Alamer – French for ‘by-the sea’ – is an exclusive development of just five residences. An expression of true opulent living on Black Street, Brighton, the project brings together the vision of Lowe Living, the architectural excellence of Wolveridge Architects and the understated elegance of interior design firm Fiona Lynch to encapsulate the best of Melbourne bayside living.
In speaking to what Lowe Living sought to achieve in undertaking the Alamer development, Lowe Living Managing Director Tim Lowe said the site’s exclusivity and prime location dictated the choosing of project partners. “The project’s individuality and the unique character of the five residences places Alamer a step above the rest. Each residence is highly considered and meticulously crafted, capturing the essence of the coastal setting and providing the opportunity for discerning buyers to experience high-end living in one of Melbourne’s most prestigious bayside locations.”
The generous site features dual street frontage, with residents greeted by mature trees and landscaped gardens from Eckersley Garden Architecture. The robust flora on arrival sets the tone for the earthy palette that is carried right through Alamer. Jerry Wolveridge, Director of Wolveridge Architects, said the design approach sought to respond to the heritage of the area whilst seamlessly integrating with the streetscape. “We used strong yet earthy materials and focused on the scale of proportion. It’s without doubt a contemporary piece that speaks strongly to our commitment to passive design by responding to the climate for utmost liveability.”
As one journeys into the building, the lobby introduces the considered material palette, as timber staircases present an elegant simplicity. The arrival experience is further elevated by the tactility of delicate custom handrails, emphasising the building’s architectural integrity. Warm colours again speak to the tonal palette, bridging the contextual gap between the surrounding streetscape, façade, and the refined interiors.
Upon entering each residence, the interiors seek to harness the enduring impact of the minimalist aesthetic with which Fiona Lynch is synonymous. Wide planked solid oak flooring and stone clad fireplaces are just two of the luxurious amenities that are carried throughout all of the Alamer homes. “A classic layering of natural textures blends with warm appointments to create a relaxed sense of elegance, whilst inviting personalisation into living spaces,” Fiona explains. This tailored approach is no more evident than in the kitchens throughout. Seamlessly integrating with the open living spaces, travertine kitchen benchtops combine with customised timber joinery. Work and storage spaces, meanwhile, are maximised in the hidden butler’s pantries, emphasising a sense of grandeur and distinction rarely afforded to apartment living.
Upon entering each residence, the interiors seek to harness the enduring impact of the minimalist aesthetic with which Fiona Lynch is synonymous.
As a boutique development of only five residences, each resident was able to customise their own unique floorplan, maximising the sense of proportionality throughout the building. Two ground-floor homes boast generous outdoor terrace spaces, whilst the townhouse is the only dual level property in the building. The first-floor residence and second-floor penthouse, meanwhile, both enjoy the two largest floorplates on the site, each with generous and secluded landscaped balconies.
With Alamer, Lowe Living has created a benchmark for multi-residential developments in the region. Leveraging off the construction capabilities of Lowe Create and engaging leading project partners like Wolveridge Architects, Fiona Lynch, and Eckersley Garden Architecture have allowed for a highly considered project that is both timeless and site specific. The project manages to tastefully integrate with its Black Street location, while the landscaping and coastally inspired palette respectfully nod to its beachside heritage and proximity with an understated timelessness. Alamer stands to become a reference point for bespoke apartment living and a celebration of the bayside lifestyle.