Upmarket Apartments That Meld Modernism & Heritage

The Carlile Armadale apartments are a set of chic, upmarket dwellings set within a curvaceous, art deco infused development in Melbourne, Australia. Here, we’ll be looking at the sophisticated design that shapes the interiors of these extraordinary apartments, and some of the subtle style variations between them. These high-end interiors are fashioned to be modern yet timeless, functional yet attractive, to complement the special character of the building’s heritage facade. Deep, muted colour enriches a material palette of natural wood, cool stone and metals to create a polished scheme. Walk-in wardrobes and beautiful bathroom designs build layers of luxe, whilst unique contemporary furniture issues captivating lines and pronounced plush comfort.

As we enter into the main living space of this apartment, an attention grabbing jade green tufted sofa sets the tone for unique modern luxury. A contemporary fireplace flames across a luxe marble hearth. Chunky marble shelves extend the aesthetic in a vertical column. Twin lounge chairs establish a unique, designer presence.

In this alternative Carlile apartment layout, we see the tufted sofa moved to a more centralised position, which leaves space for a contemporary floor lamp by the run of floor-to-ceiling windows. This time the fireplace is contained within an attractive partition wall. A wide area rug connects the plush L-shaped sofa arrangement to the glow of the fire.

A much boxier contemporary sofa design pulls up to this apartment’s modern fireplace, which flickers within a glass fireplace screen. The outer edges of the deep stone hearth are utilised as bookshelves here, whilst sleek wood effect panels texture the wall above.

A black marble coffee table complements the texture of the marble fireplace feature and built-in shelves. A clear glass vase and coffee table books provide a simple, understated centrepiece.

The open concept lounge flows spaciously into a chic formal dining area that’s comfortably equipped for up to eight dinner guests, and on into a large kitchen with a dining island.

The luxury kitchen island ties in with the rest of the marble elements across the open plan living room design to create elegant cohesion. Walnut veneer kitchen tower units build a warm backdrop for the cool grey stone island, whilst a centre column of moody grey upper cabinets and a coordinating grey backsplash establish a tonal link.

Gold frame kitchen stools add warm lustre in front of the monolithic grey kitchen island, whilst their smoky upholstery complements the stone’s dramatic dark vein.

Well placed pieces of art add pulses of rich colour to the refined decor scheme, used here to draw attention to a well stocked bar cart between the kitchen and lounge spaces. Open kitchen shelving gives depth to this kitchen installation, and an opportunity to display special flatware, drinking glasses and decorative items.

Some of the apartments feature a full home bar, accessed through glass doors from the lounge.

A stylish armchair and a small coffee table fashion a comfy spot to relax with a strong drink, whilst enjoying the city view.

A blue upholstered bed adds a spot of uplifting colour to the neutral bedroom scheme. A glass modern wall sconce illuminates each bedside drawer unit, whilst the contemporary fireplace adds cosy illumination from between two large windows.

In the library, a flip down desk provides a comfortable area for a spot of work. A plum pouf makes a tidy replacement for a full sized desk chair.

Inside the walk-in wardrobe, a cognac vanity chair pulls up at a built-in dressing table. A large vanity mirror reflects light into the recessed nook.

Fully fitted closet systems make thorough use of the wardrobe space.

A marble encased bathtub is the hero piece of the luxurious bathroom design. The tub reclines underneath a large window with a relaxing view. Contrasting vertical tiles clad a curvaceous feature wall around the head of the tub, which is highlighted under slender bathroom pendant lights.

A toiletries shelf splits the marble double sink bathroom vanity. Brass faucets add a warm metallic accent.

The occupants of the deluxe Carlile Armadale apartments have access to a covered parking garage.

Sliding glass doors open up the main living spaces to private terraces and al fresco eating areas. Low maintenance flowering plants and trees greenly trim the outdoor extension of living space.

This wonderful stone outdoor dining table with dining bench and chairs combo continues the meld of modernism and heritage out on the terrace.

A black sunlounger makes a tempting reading area, or a spot for contemplation looking out over the city and Malvern Public Gardens.

The space between two attractive and functional heritage buildings forms the discrete, vine draped pedestrian entrance to the Carlile apartments above.

The development grows from a street of bustling cafes, takeaways, restaurants, bakeries and bars, plus a range of local and international boutiques that offer diverse shopping on the doorstep. The property has its own open aspect cafe courtyard, which creates a street presence in connection with the surrounding establishments.

A communal swimming pool stretches out alongside the building.

The mixture of deciduous & evergreen plants, and the landscape character of The Carlile, Armadale, works to gently meld the building with the surrounding locale and heritage. It was essential that the apartment interiors too would honour the history and calibre of Armadale, Melbourne, whilst aligning with the area’s evolution into contemporary design.

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