How would you summarise Ensemble?
Ensemble is a boutique collection of luxury apartments located in the affluent bayside suburb of Elwood. The project possesses one of the suburb’s most coveted locations; on leafy Tennyson Street, close to the Tennyson Street shopping village, the lively Ormond Road precinct, and of course, the iconic Elwood Beach and foreshore. While contemporary in nature, Ensemble’s design emulates features from the Art Deco era, forming a series of residents that are unique and charismatic.
How did Elwood itself inspire the design?
Elwood’s architectural character was a big source of inspiration for us, in particular the Art Deco residences that are peppered throughout the domain. As such, you’ll notice the distinct fluted concrete archways on the facadee, a nod to a shape seen on so many iconic Art Deco buildings. The luxe, beachy vibe of Elwood also very much informed the design. We have designed light into every apartment with expansive, full-heighted windows, so there’s always that sense of sunniness and luminosity – like a perpetual holiday.
What are some notable materials featured throughout this development, both externally and internally?
We wanted the facade to integrate seamlessly with the materiality of the Elwood streetscape, so we’ve employed understated materials like smooth concrete and black steel, which is then softened by the greenery of the landscape design. Inside the homes, considered and well-appointed finishes really evoke an air of luxury. Beautiful marble finishes in the kitchens and bathrooms are definitely a standout feature, along with timber oak floors, timber veneer joinery, and plush Cavalier Bremworth Carpets in the bedrooms.
KUD are interested in architecture as an intellectual and philosophical construct founded on ideas that are materialised and translated into an architectural language. The core of their practice philosophy seeks to engage in conscientious environmental design interventions as a foundation to deliver unique and intelligent architecture to meet their clients requirements and budgets.
KUD has been widely recognised locally and internationally through leading architectural publications, journals and television, and has received national and international awards for residential and commercial projects.
Keystone Property Group is a Melbourne based developer that was formed in 2006 by Ray Evans and Luke Daley. Since then, Keystone has developed numerous properties in inner city regions such as Footscray, Brunswick and Prahran.
Their projects have ranged in size from 10 to 100 dwellings, with a focus of developing boutique properties in high growth areas. They currently have over 160 dwellings across three projects at the marketing stage.
John Patrick Landscape Architects conducts a broad range of landscape design and management projects, covering everything from heritage sites, to park master plans and residential projects. Headed by John Patrick himself, the firm conducts work both nationally and internationally.
Projects include management plans for Canberra’s Old Parliament House and Flemington Racecourse as well as a number of Victorian hospitals and universities.