Workplace Alex Nicholls creates multi-generational Melbourne condo with its personal spa

Structure studio Workplace Alex Nicholls has fused two penthouse flats in Melbourne into one massive versatile residence, changing their basement parking spots into a personal spa and pool.

Adaptability was key to the house in Melbourne’s Elsternwick suburb, which wanted to supply sufficient area for a multi-generational household in addition to accommodating visiting kinfolk in visitor rooms that double up as research.

Workplace Alex Nicholls fused two flats to create Elsternwick Penthouse

“Areas have been designed to adapt to a large number of makes use of, with versatile working and dwelling areas in addition to areas that would develop for giant teams or contract to supply intimate settings,” the studio’s founder Alex Nicholls informed Dezeen.

Workplace Alex Nicholls was introduced on board whereas the condo block was nonetheless below development and was in a position to make important modifications to swimsuit his purchasers’ wants – bettering the format, including skylights and up-speccing on key particulars just like the home windows.

Wooden staircase inside Elsternwick Penthouse
Timber staircases result in the roof backyard

“The design intent was to create selection and completely different spatial experiences throughout a really expansive and doubtlessly monotonous floorplan,” Nicholls stated.

“I needed to create a light-weight but grounded and natural-feeling area that was contrasted with some stronger formal parts comparable to sculptural skylights and colored purposeful volumes.”

Timber storage and staircase in Melbourne apartment by Office Alex Nicholls
A “library backbone” runs by the condo to supply storage

To navigate this huge condo, Nicholls devised a central “library backbone” – a hall working your entire size of the condo that homes the household’s assortment of books, artwork and artefacts whereas creating a chance out of what may have been a darkish and monotonous area.

“The thought for the library backbone was born from a storage requirement of the purchasers,” the architect stated. “Nonetheless, it turned a key architectural intervention.”

“From a sensible standpoint, it allowed the whole lot to be simply accessible and displayed but it surely additionally helps to attract individuals by the condo and rejoice the 2 staircases to the roof backyard at both finish.”

Living room of Melbourne apartemnt by Office Alex Nicholls
Oculus skylights funnel daylight into the inside

To offer very important gentle to the center of the condo and improve the 2 most important dwelling areas, Nicholls designed a collection of round and semi-circular oculus skylights, which reference the purchasers’ love of Elsternwick’s artwork deco structure.

“They create a way of motion and symmetry within the composition of in any other case rectilinear volumes,” he defined.

The condo has three kitchens, partly to satisfy the household’s spiritual necessities and partly to permit the completely different generations who’re sharing the condo to take pleasure in their very own independence.

Described by Nicholls as a collection of “magic containers”, every monolithic kitchen is outlined by one vivid color. This helps to delineate areas and supplies a counterpoint to the in any other case heat and pure materials palette, which incorporates Blackbutt timber and Gosford sandstone.

Turquoise kitchen in Elsternwick Penthouse
The condo has three vibrant kitchen items

“The kitchens have been designed to be largely hid inside these colored volumes to present every yet another spatial presence whereas guaranteeing the condo didn’t really feel too kitchen- and appliance-heavy because of the purchasers’ advanced necessities,” Nicholls stated.

Within the basement, Nicholls turned the penthouses’ lift-accessed parking spots into a personal 100-square-metre wellness area that incorporates a health pool, sauna, kitchenette, altering rooms and a versatile rehabilitation space.

Basement spa with pool in Melbourne flat by Office Alex Nicholls
Nicholls additionally transformed the flats’ parking spots into a personal spa

To make up for the dearth of pure gentle on this subterranean area, Nicholls deployed atmospheric oblique lighting and a heat color palette.

“Lighting the area through a datum of timber niches helped give the spa a restorative environment, enhanced by way of pure supplies comparable to sandstone, timber, terracotta and lime render,” he defined.

Timber sauna in Elsternwick Penthouse basement
The spa is residence to a timber sauna

Elsternwick is a thriving suburb within the southeast of Melbourne, brimming with buzzy retailers, eating places and bars.

Amongst them is the Hunter & Co Deli, whose interiors have been knowledgeable by the chilly cuts on supply, and the minimal Penta cafe with its monolithic concrete counter.

The images is by Rory Gardiner.