Wrapped in white and akin to a sculpted, single “object”, Monument is about strength, confidence and purity of form. With interiors that reflect a distinct sense of natural beauty and a restrained minimal approach, our ambition for this project is to make a valuable and lasting impression.
In Monument, our partnership with Chapter Group & SHC Group comes together once again following success with recent projects – notably The Springfield, Toorak. Working cohesively with one another, our shared mindset allows us to deliver Monument’s pure and authentic design philosophy.
The smaller townhouses that once stood here inspired the recessive form at Monument’s ground level. Dark blockwork and large glass panes open up to the streetscape. The higher floors hover over these external spaces, creating covered porches. The first three levels make up the largest portion of Monument.
Designed as a solid masonry mass, the form reintroduces the long-lasting characteristics of the buildings of the federation era. The solid mass is carved with large window spaces – each of them with their own distinct features. These glass openings dynamically interact with one another, creating movement and a unique experience for the passer-by.
The upper levels rise only at the southern end of the building. Monument’s gradual increase in height not only breaks down an otherwise large development, but forms a bridge between the 2-storey residences in the north, with the larger 6-storey neighbour to the south.
The interiors are approached with a very honest and authentic design philosophy, and it gives way to a series of living environments that portray effortless beauty. Pared back and subtle, the building features a simple material palette with extensive stone, bleached timbers and a playful array of natural textures complemented by muted, neutral colours.
This same thinking applies to the use of light. All residences are open plan and oversized, orientated to accentuate prominent views of the park. Delicate and strategic LED lighting techniques break down the open-plan spaces, while abundant natural light flows through each residence.
The building’s materiality is chosen with the intent to create a building that acknowledges context without mimicking it, and will result in an outcome that is reflective of its concept. The use of solid masonry construction inspires ideas of well-established built form. White brick, instead of brown or red, aims to lighten the building’s mass and contrasts with the surrounding masonry. Localised folding screens line the carved window openings. Shimmering in perforated bronze, Monument stands as a chalky white jewellery box.