In one of Melbourne’s finest inner-city suburbs, recently completed residential development, The Garden House speaks to its sense of place, responding to its immediate surroundings of both the lush Carlton Gardens and the world heritage-listed Exhibition Building.
The Garden House offers all the convenience and vibrancy of city living in a tranquil environment. Situated opposite the Royal Carlton Gardens and the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the cosmopolitan buzz of Lygon Street and the delights of Melbourne’s CBD are all within walking distance.
This residential development comprises 49 luxury apartments over five levels, with 61 car parking spaces at basement level and four spaces at ground level. There are also three separate townhouses accessed via Grosvenor Place. The ground floor includes both commercial and retail spaces.
The structure comprises a three-storey textured masonry podium, elevated off the ground plane with a series of columns and splayed piers. The podium offers deep-set, angled concrete integrated balconies and external louvre blinds providing shade to the north and visual privacy to the south.
Strong sustainability principles have been incorporated including double glazing, smart lighting, rain water harvesting, external shading, positive thermal mass and landscaped terraces and gardens. Nearby Carlton Gardens inspired visual and physical connectivity via the use of large windows and terraces. A plethora of landscaped planters further enhance this award-winning development.
The corner of the site is bounded by different typologies. There was no single urban character from which the proposal drew influence; in fact, the solution by necessity needed to respond to numerous urban characteristics
And this is exactly what the Garden House achieves. Each apartment has been designed around the philosophy of creating a sanctuary within a sanctuary, picking up the language of the Victorian terraces in the area and reading as a collection of houses.
With 49 apartments and townhouses, the architecture engineered into this project is smart and sophisticated, with the amalgamation of residences producing a layered variety of surfaces and modulation to become a complex of dwellings.
Residents can clearly delineate their home within the larger configuration. Whether living in a 50-square, one-bedroom apartment, or 150 sq mtr penthouse, all residents share the same impressive lobby
Like nearby period homes, with a heavy base and finer wrought-iron balconies, The Garden House apartments become lighter with each level. Limestone cladding as well as floor-to-ceiling windows articulate each home.
Lined in insitu concrete, with the texture of red cedar timber used as the cast, there is a feeling reminiscent of some of the great architecture of the 1970s, including the iconic work of Australian architect Harry Seidler.
On the inside, the sophistication is ever-present with individual home interiors designed by Hecker Guthrie, complemented by bespoke fixtures, curved walls that open up the internal spaces to create continual space and flow.