A basement carpark isn’t the typical source of inspiration for a luxury apartment development in Kew.
But with private vaults for residents and a fit-out by famed British industrial designer Tom Dixon, Rondure House isn’t your typical eastern suburbs project.
Paying homage to the brutalist and modernist homes seen throughout Kew’s Studley Park precinct, the concrete arches that dominate its facade have been likened to those seen in the carpark beneath Melbourne University’s South Lawn.
Cera Stribley Architects managing director Dom Cerantonio said it was an unusual, but striking parallel.
“It’s not solely the basement, but once we came up with the design there were some similarities there,” Mr Cerantonio said.
“And it seemed to make a lot of sense to join the dots.”
Brick work is included for a more homely feel, while plenty of landscaped greenery — including irrigation for private terraces and 15 canopy trees — will help soften the facade.
Spacious open-plan living zones, French oak floors, Portuguese limestone benchtops and a palette of natural materials and colours are part of the brief.
Each will also have a ground-level vault. Set around a communal lounge room these will be privately titled multipurpose spaces buyers can use as they choose.
“One buyer is looking to use it as a home office, another is looking to set it up as a golf simulator,” Mr Batra said.
The $38 million development’s 14 apartments officially hit the market this month.
Two-bedroom homes are priced from $1.495 million, three-bedroom designs start at $1.995 million and sub-penthouses and penthouses start at $3.06 million.