Toorak Apartment

MELBOURNE

After living in this classic inner city 1960’s apartment for 17 years the owner was finally ready to make it comfortable, to make it her home. After such a long time it’s possible to know exactly what is needed yet at the same time not knowing how to articulate what that would be let alone know how or where to begin. Often my work as an architect is primarily focussed on this common situation as I believe that the best outcome is the right one and not the one that only looks right. There was little to fault with this apartment and yet it needed a layer of personality that hadn’t existed in the beginning and the owner and not yet made it her own. Everything done in this instance was contrived to appear as though it had always been that way. A visitor would notice a complete transformation yet be unable to identify what work had been done. From discreet ledges for artworks, to custom light fittings and revitalising original parquetry floors, a great deal of effort was invested in making it appear that nothing had changed!

PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAN MAGREE