The proposal references the strong classical styles of architecture intertwined with the contemporary restrained surfaces of modern contemporary architecture weaving throughout Toorak . The various styles share common design elements of symmetry, strong rectilinear forms, and simple volumes.
A simple yet powerful architectural expression that provides a balanced and subtle design response. The use of textured face brick has driven the design from the simplification in articulation, down to the formal arrangement, which create interest and a refined material palette, reflective of the contemporary and sophisticated vernacular of Toorak.
The design aims to be visually recessive while complementing the heritage materiality significance of the area, through the use of dark metal cladding on the upper levels.
The neutral tones chosen are extracted from the natural/quality materials chosen. A combination of greys and charcoals have predominantly been used to blend in with the surrounding environment yet remain sympathetic to the surrounding heritage significance of the area.
This neutral palette is then contrasted with the introduction of the bronze metal cladding system that evokes the natural colours we see in timbers and bark as well as the lush and vibrancy of greenery that is characterised around Toorak to soften the boundaries and sensitive interfaces of the proposal.
Finally the proposal has been designed to allow for a series of stepping terraces to its northern boundary along Devorgilla Street enabling planting to cover much of the buildings profile, nestling this built form within the larger garden of Toorak. This not only softens the interface between the apartments, adjoining properties and street level, but provides an inviting view of planting to its occupants.