The Australian Interior Design Awards 2016 were announced last Friday night in Sydney, and the Residential Design Award was given to this Fitzroy Loft by Architects Eat.
We are always inspired by the achievements of other creatives, and love it when they are local (Architects EAT are based in Melbourne) and so we wanted to take a closer look.....
The project was a warehouse conversion in an industrial area of Fitzory, Melbourne, transforming it from former chocolate factory into a family home.
We love the mix of gritty materials - the rough textures and patina of the structural steel column piercing the Dining area, alongside the softness of the pink vessel on the table and the grey kitchen joinery.
Architects EAT are a multi-award winning practise where the experience of design, the way it makes one feel through the sensory and tactility of materials and finishes is considered just as crucial as the aesthetic and functionality of their projects.
The challenge is to maintain the integrity of this particular space without sacrificing the sense of scale this brings, and yet also create some intimate and practical zones necessary for family living.
The internal courtyard garden with access straight out of the kitchen and living areas panders to the traditional notions of family domesticity and at the same time the scale of it acts "as the lungs of the design bringing both light and sky views deep into the internal space".
We love the use of voids to bathe the interiors with light and emphasis the lofty proportions of the warehouse. Balustrading and walk-ways carve up the interior to provide more intimate spaces such as the study and bathrooms.
For more on the other winning projects from this year's awards - check out the Australian Interior Design Awards here.