The Armadale Residence is the entirely bespoke home of architect Rob Mills, founder of Australian practice Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors. Having established a reputation over the course of two decades for their holistic approach, attention to detail, and layered, high-end interior design, it was only natural that Mills’ own house would epitomize his practice’s design ethos by generously providing an unashamedly luxurious and all-sensory experience.
The residence occupies a former cardboard factory on the edge of a tree-lined park in Armadale.
Having lived in the building for 12 years before embarking on its renovation, Mills had established a profound connection with the cavernous space that allowed him to take full advantage of the structure’s spatial characteristics in order to harness natural light, air, sounds and space and create an airy, light-filled and serene five-bedroom home for his family. Lighting and acoustics, in particular, were pivotal in the design process.
The use of concrete slab, masonry walls, effective insulation and engineered glazing ensure the best possible acoustic properties while extensive glazing on the park-facing façade has maximized daylight penetration while also providing passive solar heating during Melbourne’s harsh winters.
The heart of the house beats on the first floor where the communal living areas occupy a tall space of 3.4 metres in height blessed with wide views of the park and ample daylight across its length thanks to the use of lateral skylights.
The space also evinces a luxurious ambience thanks to the velvety rendered walls and ceiling, the Fior di Pesco Carnico on the floors, a grey-white veined marble sourced from a sixth generation quarry in Verona, and the gleaming brass kitchen counter and cabinets that take centre stage.
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