The Albert Park House is a high-end residential development with a striking presence on the street. Designed by Matyas for Fili Property with Zunica driving the interior scheme, this four-bedroom house delivers the ultimate in contemporary, luxury living.
The thoughtful design on the outside is complemented by a well-considered layout inside spreading across four levels, and providing the perfect setting for a family to call home.
The home’s basement stretches the entire length of the block, offering a gym, sauna, laundry, bar and sunken lounge and theatre. The entry level ground floor houses the fourth bedroom (or a possible sitting room), mud and powder room, along with a kitchen, concealed butler’s pantry, dining room and a living room opening onto the courtyard. While level 1 houses three bedrooms, each with ensuites, including a master suite built under a large gabled roof overlooking Kerford Road, level 2 is an open plan rooftop with skylight, complete with a bar, spa, powder room and city views.
“We wanted to appeal to the targeted demographic, but also create a contemporary, exceptionally minimal design. So, selecting really good quality, high end materials with a carefully considered palette, all within a singular colour tone was critical,” says Andrew Zunica, creative director, Zunica.
Typical to Zunica designs, three key materials make up the palette – all of them textured – including granite, Victorian Ash timber and timber veneer, and concrete.
Soft Grey Granite tiles from Robertson's Building Products Pty Ltd are a key feature and, for Zunica, the standout material in the project. They’re used extensively throughout the interiors, from the stairwell to the wet areas, butler’s pantry entrance, and along the hearth in the living room forming an inviting bench seat underneath a skylight.
“I love the Soft Grey Granite tiles and the wonderful colour differentiation in them, particularly the way their natural minerals seem to refract the light. Wherever we’ve used them, they are all arranged in a gridded vertical stack, and we’ve also tried to keep the tiles uncut and use the full tile width as much as we can. It just looks amazing,” Zunica commented.
The Soft Grey Granite brick tiles are the most striking on the walls of the four-level stairwell, which stretches 12 metres from the basement to the top floor. Connecting all levels, the stairwell was introduced to provide a different experience depending on the direction taken.
Walking down to the basement, it’s dark and moody, created by the solid Victorian Ash stair enclosed between walls of dark Soft Grey Granite tiles. In contrast, from the ground level upwards, it’s a floating stair hanging between the two walls of granite tiles. The further you climb, the lighter it gets, and the lighter the tiles appear.
This is thanks to level 2’s skylight and floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows along the entire staircase, which are planted out with greenery. The staircase essentially floats between big brick columns, with greenery growing on the outside walls to create a magical effect.
Fili Projects couldn’t be happier with the end result, and is looking forward to the real test once the property is placed on the market this year.
Photographer: Paris Thomson, Sirap