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Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Australia Architecture News - Oct 28, 2022 - 12:49   1896 views

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment designed by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns that complement the undulating surfaces in Prahran, an inner suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Named No. 6 Sydney Street, the residence consists of collection of 15 residences within a distinguished skeleton, grounded in craft, and inspired by nature. 

Created as "an organic sculpture", the residence is located within the inner-city suburb of Prahran and its form and positioning create fluid connectivity to the natural surroundings of the adjacent Orrong Romanis Reserve.

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

While the residential units are designed with floor-to-ceiling glazing, the units are carried by undulating floor plates where solid-void relationship is balanced with sculpted columns as continuation of surfaces.

To create this sculptural look, Melbourne-based architecture firm Wood Marsh takes cues from the sinuous curves of nature. 

"The asymmetrical building appears to be carved from a singular raw material, abstracting its formal composition," said Wood Marsh.  

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

The studio softens the floorplates to be read as a primary element that is subtly moulded into fine blades resting on an irregular grid of feature fluted columns. 

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

The studio aimed to create "an interplay of flowing forms" that give the building a sense of visual movement. 

The closer you look, the clearer the feeling of depth in the façade is perceived. Although the horizontal and vertical elements serve separately, they converge at one point and turn into a holistic form.

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

The effects of columns are clearly visible from inside without seriously disrupting the view. 

"Deep rippling along the undulant facades results in a conscious layering of positive and negative spaces allowing the integration of intermittent gardens with vegetation growing to further soften the forms," said the studio.

The studio hides the base of the building within a lushly planted garden framing the entry canopy between two recessed fluted columns accessed via a curving pathway. 

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

The entrance sequence begins to transition the external concepts more internally through a refined natural material palette and crafted details. 

Another sculptural element is the timber door ornamented with a sculpted cast bronze, silver dipped door handle, which becomes another key element that gives a clue about the design of the residence. 

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Each of the residences is conceived with a plenty of light, with sightlines and terraces. Planting, park and city views beyond are framed by the expanse of glazing and horizontal planes. 

Exterior form is also complemented with the interior design, in which many of the interior surfaces are softened with the use of curving volumes and plaster.

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

"Highly crafted joinery in natural timber and book-matched marble add to the overall feeling of warmth, contrast, and a refined approach to pared-down luxury," the studio added. 

"The bathrooms are wrapped in a travertine mosaic providing a subtle textural quality to the space and contrasting with the solid vanity unit of stained timber and stone."

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Developed in collaboration with Melbourne-based developer V-Leader, No. 6 Sydney Street is emerged from a  result of "carving out its urban block, breaking down the walled streetscape created by its rectilinear neighbours." 

"Its polished form carefully experiments with ideas of solid and void, in a monochromatic visual quality," the studio added. 

The residence creates a connection to nature, and use of movement, and artistry in contrast to its surrounding residential context.

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Basement 2 floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Basement 1 floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Ground floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Level 1 floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Level 2 floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Level 3 floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Level 4 floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

Level 5 floor plan

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

East elevation

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

North elevation

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

West elevation

Residential apartment by Wood Marsh features organically-sculpted columns in Melbourne

South elevation

Wood Marsh was founded by Roger Wood and Randal Marsh in 1983. The studio's project portfolio spans residential, commercial and urban architecture, deeply rooted in contextual issues of locality.

Wood Marsh previously RACV Torquay, a five-star luxury resort in Victoria, Australia and built a curvaceous home in the Victorian suburb of Portsea, Australia. 

One of key projects of the studio includes Lonsdale Links, a clubhouse with curved blade walls and inverted zinc roof in Melbourne, Australia.

Project facts

Project name: No. 6 Sydney Street

Architects: Wood Marsh

Interior Design: Wood Marsh

Location: Prahran, VIC Australia

Year: 2022 

Photo styling: Karin Bochnik

Landscaping: Eckersley Garden Architecture

Builder: VCON

All images courtesy of Wood Marsh.

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