Beulah and Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors have delivered a sculptural vision for the award-winning project Fawkner House, set within one of Melbourne’s most prestigious pockets, the exclusive Domain Precinct of South Yarra. The boutique development is a limited collection of nine large-scale residences with commanding views over Fawkner Park.
With Australia becoming more of a homogenised society, the project objective was to provide prospective residents with an experience that was different, one that heightened their senses because of a design story. Beautiful gardens, long vistas and a spectacular entry is what makes the design so unique, highlighting its ability to become a refuge from everyday life.
Taking inspiration from Le Corbusier’s 1954 chapel Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, for its combination of organic mass, distinctive form and diversity of space, the result is not only architecturally striking but a healthy building too, with acoustics, air quality and sustainability all carefully considered from the outset; these principles of utmost importance to Creative Director, Rob Mills. “There are many reasons we are fond of curves in our work, but the most prevalent is the way energy and light naturally flows when intersections are rounded and softened. It leads to less shadows, and light is obviously something else we’re known for in our designs,” said Rob.
Fawkner House’s design is defined by sweeping curves, natural light, expansive views and refined finishes. From Toorak Road, its presence suggests a grand house in keeping with the area, rather than a suite of apartments.
Showcasing the highest calibre of quality to reflect its tightly held address, bold and iconic architecture paired with impressive over three metre high ceilings, allows for abundant access to natural light, to dance off intricate curved internal walls and highlight rich materials and carefully curated finishes.