Inspired by the local context of Kew, the natural environment and the movement of the sun throughout the day, Daracombe’s architecture exemplifies timeless quality. Positioned in one of Melbourne’s most architecturally historic pockets, it was essential for the building to be respectful of the heritage residences in the area. As such, the façade presents a refined expression of form, paired with an authentic and natural material palette that imbues the overall appearance with texture and warmth. At the centre of the building, a grandiose entryway ensures residents are met with luxury from the moment they arrive home, setting the tone for the interiors that lie within.
Fringed in verdant greenery, the penthouse pavilion is set above a solid brick podium, imparting dimension and a further layer of interest to Daracombe’s street presence. Moveable screens to the western penthouse terraces provide protection from the warm, afternoon sun as well as views out the surrounding streetscape – just one of many considered features in Daracombe’s meticulously thought-out design.
Conrad Architects believes in the power of architecture and interior design to enhance our lives and the cities in which we live. While grounded in the values of contemporary urban design, the practice is celebrated for its commitment to the definitive architectural principles of space, light and proportion. The result of this exacting approach is the creation of elegant, refined residences that marry characteristics of classic architecture with an aesthetic that is at once contemporary and distinguished.
Led by Paul Conrad himself, Conrad Architects is a full service studio, offering services in Architectural Design, Urban Design, Interior Design, Construction Drawings and Contract Administration. With over a decade of experience, Conrad Architects has developed a deep understanding of town planning requirements; a reflection of high quality design that is underpinned by commercial acumen and a desire to contribute positively to the cities and suburbs in which we live. The studio’s comprehensive portfolio boasts an impressive range of high profile projects, with Daracombe to become the next chapter in the admirable legacy it has created.
When a project’s architect and interior designer work out
of the same office, the sense of harmony that exists between external and internal design is undeniable. In line with the elegant façade, everything about Daracombe’s interiors exudes restrained luxury. Within the premium finishes palette, natural travertine stone is prolific, along with textured timber joinery and sturdy oak floors. Living spaces are opulent yet neutral, inviting residences to apply their own personal touches.
Afforded via soaring windows, the spacious, open-plan living area harnesses an abundance of natural light, filling the space with an atmosphere of warmth while drawing the outside greenery in. Here, the intuitively designed kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and plentiful storage, ensuring any culinary assignment is both inspiring and effortless. A sophisticated bar to the penthouse apartment is an additional luxury feature, creating a more intimate lounge setting that is set apart from the open plan living space.
The master bedroom and ensuite are designed to feel like opulent sanctuaries, opening out to your own private terrace area. Curated to impress, the ensuite features accents of bronze, a stylish double basin, classic travertine across all surfaces and an indulgent freestanding bathtub.
Living areas and bedrooms feature engineered timber flooring from premium suppliers Market Timbers. In a light, European Oak, this durable finish provides a stylish base for living to unfold atop of.
The hero of the interiors is the travertine, featured generously throughout the kitchens, living areas and master ensuites. Sourced from CDK, a leader in the Australian stone industry, the Classic Vein Cut stone has been selected for its timeless aesthetic.
Bathroom walls exhibit limestone tiles in the colour ‘amber’. From revered stone suppliers Signorino, they lend in instant air of European sophistication.
Joinery in the kitchens, bathroom vanities and master bedrooms boast a premium timber laminate from coveted supplier New Age Veneers.