Winter Architecture works with light and dark contrasts at Melbourne apartment
A female client, living abroad, approached a collaborative architecture practice Winter Architecture and Karen Butler Interior Design to remodel her Melbourne-based apartment and create a sophisticated interior that would become her urban sanctuary after returning to Melbourne.
“This small renovation of an existing apartment in Melbourne was driven by the clients need to transform the existing out dated condition into a contemporary and minimal space to live, work and entertain. In collaboration with interior designer Karen Butler, whilst corresponding with the client working overseas, the apartment was slowly and consciously built, to achieve the refined and sophisticated residence desired. The harsh light of the high-level apartment is countered with rich, dark surfaces of varying textural qualities and reflectance, imbuing subtle depth in, at first, a seemingly sleek palette. Existing timber parquetry flooring was recovered and given a new life with a warm dark stain, beneath rare Galapagos stone used for the Poliform kitchen bench, further imbuing the space with the stern elegance that the client was seeking. This bold contrast of light and dark is carried through to the ensuite renovation with softly speckled, recycled glass mosaic tiles and solid brass fittings and bespoke custom joinery,” explain Winter Architecture