Renovating a heritage protected 1920s building into a stylish, modern apartment!
There's nothing we love more than a beautifully done renovation and we've never seen anything quite on this level before! This building was once the State Savings Bank before being converted to a stylish apartment with the helps of exceptional, sustainable materials like the Big River Group's Armourpanel Spotted Gum plywood. The building design known now as 'Taking it to the Bank' is a seriously well done transformation and we've got some interior and exterior photographs to share and inspire you this week...
The striking new home located in the heart of Melbourne was executed by building designer Jackson Fitzroy-Kelly of JFKDESiGN Landscape|Buildings|Interiors for his clients – an empty nester couple wanting a stylish and contemporary home that could also accommodate studio and office space below.
The exterior palette is one of smooth concrete, black zinc, original red brick and galvanised steel columns, which accentuates the warm timber tones used within and is balanced by extensive natural light.
All internal timber is a variation of Big River Spotted Gum plywood, including window reveals, kitchen carcasses, kitchen joinery and wall panelling. The custom joinery units also act as furniture, with various items including the bookcase and concealed desk in the guest room/study. The joinery units, such as the bedroom’s window seat and storage unit, are even strong enough to sit on thanks to the F27 Armourpanel – a high-quality, decorative finish timber with exceptional high-strength properties.
The plywood has been a linking feature throughout the home, connecting each expertly crafted space and adding a depth and richness to the overall design.
Custom-designed, blown glass pendants by artist Laurel Kohut, are dotted throughout the home to add accents of colour.
Carefully considered windows allow for daylight to stream in, while north-facing 2.7 metre-high glazed sliding doors provide views that stretch over the leafy treetop-lined residential landscape, and beautiful blend of indoor and outdoor living.
“The focus for JFKDESiGN was and always is liveability, and a home that is a pleasure to live in for our clients,” Jackson Fitzroy-Kelly explains. “We chose Big River plywood for its durability, unique finish, bespoke application, and Australian origins.”
Big River Armourpanel is precision-engineered using a cross-ply manufacturing process, bonding five layers of Australian eucalypt hardwood sheets together to form a solid, stable timber. Its durability makes it ideal for use in hardwearing areas, including flooring, wall panelling, screening, cabinetry, ceiling linings and joinery.
Big River Group manufactures and distributes timber and steel formwork products, timber flooring, structural plywood and related timber products and distributes a broad range of other building products, primarily to the commercial and residential, non‐residential and infrastructure construction market segments. The Company has a network of 10 sales and distribution centres across Australia and sources its products from both its own manufacturing facilities and also many Australian and international manufacturers of building products. The Company owns and operates manufacturing facilities at Grafton and Wagga Wagga in NSW.