Lovingly restored by the current owners and benefitting from astounding city views, this one-of-a-kind warehouse conversion by Multiplicity epitomises indoor-outdoor living at the city’s edge. Winner of the 2005 Victorian Architecture Awards, the design strides far beyond basic ideals of maximising light and space. Skilfully directing the movement of air and light through its voluminous interior, the sustainable design minimises the need for artificial light, heating, or cooling.
Along a similar ecological vein, the interior uses a chic palette of reclaimed materials to create its unique flair. A translucent mix of fibreglass sheeting and acrylic lightbox covers encourage natural light to dance through the spaces, while concrete floors, reclaimed timber, and steel beams are a stylish nod to its Chocolate Factory origins.
Each level is united by a soaring 14-metre void that creates a most dramatic effect in every room. The open plan living domain sits amid views of peppercorn treetops, offering a bright and inviting setting to relax and entertain beside a slow-combustion fireplace. The kitchen blends stainless steel and concrete benches, providing semi-commercial amenity including a Highland gas cooktop among floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.
A versatile dining room, private lounge, or home office is cleverly hidden behind a broad Walnut door, offering the flexibility to integrate with the living space for lively revelries. On top, a vast alfresco deck is a sun-splashed space to watch hot-air balloons float by at sunrise, or to gather friends for sunny barbecue celebrations.
Each bedroom basks in privacy, hosting guests in a ground-floor suite with built-in robes and a luxe ensuite. The top floor is devoted to the main bedroom, immersed by a kaleidoscope of colours at sunrise and sunset. Offering built-in robes, a study space, and a private terrace, this room revels in a dress-circle view across rooftops to a panorama of the city’s glittery skyline. A sumptuous bathroom complements the upper bedroom, providing a walk-in shower, a deep bathtub, and a separate WC.
Finished with an oversized tandem garage, plus two parking permits, under-floor storage, and a host of mod-cons to keep you in comfort, this magnificent home is equalled only by its lifestyle location. Engrossed in a rich café culture, renowned restaurants, boutique retailers, and ritzy bars, the home is an easy walk to Bridge Road and Victoria Street, or a leisurely stroll through parklands to Melbourne’s celebrated sports precinct, or the endless indulgences of the CBD.
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