Architecturally applauded, Domain Lodge received the Multiple Housing Architecture Award and Interior Architecture Commendation at the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards, in addition to receiving a Highly Commended in the Residential Multi category at the 2015 Idea Awards.
Located amongst Melbourne’s most prestigious residential addresses, the development consists of four apartments that sit atop a flared, bush hammered concrete podium, and offers an articulated approach to each facade.
The entirely glazed frontage overlooks and reflects the Botanical Gardens opposite. As the facade articulates around the building, it evolves from glass to a combination of off-form concrete and black anodised aluminium, to a contrasting rear which is almost entirely off-form concrete with punched out windows.
Delivering the construction from the ground up, Schiavello worked closely with the award-winning designers to bring their vision to life. The custom-built aluminium and steel front facade features high performance, double glazed units that act both acoustically and thermally.
Vast open living areas throughout the space presented a level of complexity rarely seen in concrete work, and the level of collaboration between Schiavello, the designers, expert concreters, and engineers yielded spectacular results.
A high level of detail is seen inside and out, with materials and themes from the exterior carried internally including concrete ceilings and extensive off-form concrete walls, stained black timber walls and joinery, glass, and fine blackened brass detailing. Expansive voids allow light-filled views to be enjoyed throughout.
A lush garden sits at the ground level; the top level features a terrace, lap pool and expansive rooftop garden. A dramatic ‘Babylon-style’ garden reaches each of the three levels. Promoting sustainable living, the development makes use of rainwater, solar heat, and hydronic heating.
As renowned architecture writer Stephen Crafti notes in The Age, the “artistic treatment of materials provides an understated elegance.”