Interior Design: The Garden House

Mar 1, 2012
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Designer Hecker Guthrie
  • Architect Woods Bagot

This $50 million multi-residential project, located on Rathdowne Street besides Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens, comprises 46 luxury residences across five levels as well as three terraces with large private courtyards. Developed by Piccolo, the project is a collaboration between architects Woods Bagot and interior designers Hecker Guthrie.

The building’s design responds to a number of urban conditions, including the character of Carlton’s terraced houses, the adjacent Carlton Gardens and the neighbouring UNESCO World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building, which provides a beautiful 19th century backdrop to the area. The project also reflects a subtle and refined contemporary statement, delivering private, luxury residences that also enjoy the amenity of the inner-city.

Woods Bagot’s building design features a material palette of a concrete base, limestone and zinc cladding and large windows, while cool granite floors and angled board form concrete walls add rustic texture to the lobby area. The cool grey tones contrast the greenery of the gardens outside.

Apartment interiors by Hecker Guthrie include bespoke fixtures, spacious rooms with curving walls that open up the interior and create smooth transitions between each space. Each of the three terraces has its own large, semi-covered landscaped courtyards.



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