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Carr Design Group’s vision for the penthouse of the $2.8 billion Melbourne Square precinct in Southbank is that of a ‘live-in art gallery’.
The penthouse forms part of the building’s Couture Series: an arts-led collection located on levels 55-68 which draws on Melbourne Square’s location on the doorstep of the Arts Precinct.
Carr, in collaboration with Hub Furniture, have designed the penthouse as a curated personal gallery, boasting pieces by Canadian David Umemoto, Britain’s Faye Toogood and a rare piece by the late Flavio De Carvalho for Objekto, among many other design luminaries.
The pieces are displayed in the expansive 600 square metre double-height penthouse, which boasts high ceilings, a statement marble staircase and its own private gallery space.
Carr Design’s director of architecture, Chris McCue, says: “The sense of luxury in the Melbourne Square penthouse isn’t just spatial, but also emotional. The gallery concept taps into the excitement of discovering new talent, being ahead of the pack and securing amazing works that will appreciate over time.”
Entry to the personal gallery is through a 1.8 metre-wide ‘promenade’ intended for statement artworks, while a statement sculptural curving staircase to the upper levels takes centre stage in the living and entertaining rooms.
The penthouse features three bedrooms and four bathrooms along with a wine cellar, customisable for a private collection, and extensive entertaining areas featuring cinematic views
Italian timbers, parquetry flooring, a statement sculpture chandelier and marble evoke a 1930s feel.
Melbourne Square is currently under construction, with full completion of stage one expected by the end of 2020.