Housed in a former butter factory, this striking Loft Apartment design by Melbourne’s AA Architects is filled with sinuous forms that both define a modern view of urban domestic living and provide a beautifully executed antidote to the rectilinear forms of conventional living spaces. Twisting and rising to fill the space with a sense of drama and intrigue, a fluid, sculptural staircase sets the tone of the whole project and carves a visual connection from the Loft’s interior spaces to the roof terrace overlooking Melbourne’s cityscape. As AA Architects' principal Adrian Amore explained: “I wanted to dramatise the form of the stair, to give it more movement than a conventional circular stair, almost as though it had been pulled or stretched." This intention has been undeniably achieved creating a dynamic, sensual and curvaceous gesture that visually anchors the rest of the design elements around it.
Meanwhile, the open-plan living, dining and kitchen spaces, located on the ground floor, are articulated by walls that fold and wrap around the bathroom, laundry and storage spaces behind them. The kitchen space sees a sleek marble-topped kitchen that lines the west wall which has been paired with a sculptural custom island bench, in keeping with the dynamic design language and somewhat reminiscent of a Memphis design piece. The large black sliding doors adjacent to the entry provide the loft’s resident with the ability to expand the living area by opening to reveal an entertainment zone or create a studio, library or bedroom when closed.
The addition of a first floor upstairs was only made possible once the original steel truss, which sliced through the centre of the apartment, together with the existing roof were removed in order to generate additional volume to include two bedrooms, a bathroom and a studio or play area.
With a restrained, minimal and monochromatic palette of crisp whites, blacks and greys, dark stained timber floors and grey-veined marbles, the contrast of these colours and textures is further amplified by the wash of natural light pouring in from the vast expanse of north-facing windows and ceiling void. Meanwhile, a carefully curated selection of simple lighting fixtures and soft furnishing, coupled with a scattering of designer classic pieces, creates a gallery aesthetic and breathes an air of serenity and sophistication into an already original and inspired architectural project.