Even though only 10 years old, this two-bedroom Melbourne apartment received the renovation remedy recently resulting in a significantly much more user-friendly design and the addition of a gorgeous soft pink. Dulux ‘Monroe’ is the star of the space and unsurprisingly, it has made the project a finalist in the 2017 Dulux Colour Awards.

“The palette came about as a response to the current materials present in the apartment shell. We chose supplies that complemented the soft mottled tones of the current concrete wall and doors. We have been keen to add some warmth and refinement to the look of the new finishes to counterbalance the rawness of the concrete, therefore the introduction of the soft pink tone,” says Holly Board of BoardGrove Architects.

“The renovation was purely an interior reconfiguration. The apartment was a really average, cheaply fitted out space with plastic timber look alike floors, reduce ceilings and laminate kitchen joinery. It lacked any personality and consisted of a extremely standard layout,” says Holly.

BoardGrove made the space much much more user-friendly and improved the penetration of all-natural light too. “The consumers also necessary a new kitchen but didn’t want a stereotypical wall of kitchen joinery cupboards and appliances to dominate the living space,” says Holly, who set about meeting the request with originality.

The two arches conceal a fridge and stove

“We designed a a lot more ambiguous cooking region that appeared as a collection of sculptural art-like forms that added character to the living space, with the functional cooking equipment concealed inside every element,” says Holly. The uncommon design functions two arches – an arched metal door that conceals the fridge and an arched stove reveal. These information work to offset the industrial really feel of the concrete that also characteristics heavily in the space.

Photography: Haydn Cattach

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