The apartment is located on Canberra’s only residential island surrounded by Lake Burley Griffin. The lake, adjacent wetlands, and green headlands characterise the setting of this residence. The interiors have been designed to capitalise on this lakeside outlook and lifestyle.
Carefully considered finishes and fittings have been selected to create an atmosphere of comfort and quality whilst also being timeless in nature. The finishes reflect the special qualities of the idyllic lakeside setting. A neutral palette of materials, including timber and timber veneer, along with generous interior spaces are key within this apartment.
Spatially, the apartment has been designed to provide a continuous line of vision between internal entertaining areas and the external terrace, maximising the expansive lakeside views and exposure to the northern sun. Generous living spaces characterise the apartment, and the open plan kitchen, wide hallways, well appointed ensuites, powder rooms and dressing rooms continue the luxury of space.
Through careful planning and selection of finishes, together with the northerly aspect, the interiors draw on Japanese interiors combined with the best of contemporary Australian living. The use of timber within this apartment is the distinguishing feature that sets the tone for all other elements, and creates a unique and calming atmosphere.
European Oak is used within the space as a dramatic gesture, most obviously on the battened ceiling and horizontal screen. The timber used is new, certified, select grade mixed Oak with a water-based polyurethene matt finish to maintain the natural characteristics of the timber. Solid tongue and groove timber floors have been installed throughout the living areas and kitchen. The timber floor boards are glued to a 12mm plywood substrate which was then glued and screwed to the floor slab. An engineered oak timber veneer has been used on the joinery, including the wardrobes.
The battened timber is detailed to appear seamless as it wraps around from the ceiling down to the floor. The ceiling and vertical screen battens are assembled in sections on the ground before being fixed into position.
The vertical screen is comprised of 140 x 40 battens with mild steel flat bars recessed at either end and fixed at the floor and ceiling. 40 x 40 battens are then fixed to an mdf board which runs in front of the upper level floor slab. A shadowline exists behind the lowest batten and the ceiling to the kitchen behind. A lighting track is concealed within the battens facing the living area which provides directional light to the living and dining room, diffused light to the study above and also warmly illuminates the timber screen and battened ceiling.
The timber screen panel on the side wall conceals a pivot door which provides access to the master suite. These are also 40 x 40 battens fixed to an mdf panel which are recessed to be flush with the adjacent painted plasterboard wall.