Prestigious apartments, desirable suburbs, and critically acclaimed architects – they don’t come together too often. So when they do, you can expect something pretty spectacular. Camberwell Ltd is the latest high end apartment project from leading practice SJB and developer Cube, and no expense has been spared when it came to the choice of fitout materials.
As a leafy haven lined with gracious period houses and a boutique shopping strip surrounded by elite independent schools, it’s easy to understand why Camberwell is one of Melbourne’s most sought-after locales. So it is only fitting that one of Australia’s most revered architecture practices is responsible for designing this exclusive neighbourhood’s newest luxury apartment complex, Camberwell Ltd.
Surrounded by mature spotted gums and newly planted six-metre trees and other mature plantings, the modern apartments feature luxurious interiors and landscaped courtyards or private balconies with panoramic city views, including Tara Estate and the heritage landmark of St Mark’s Anglican Church. SJB engage a tasteful variety of external materials, prominent roof forms and a large setback with entrance lobbies on both street frontages.
Stepping inside Camberwell Ltd, allocated lobbies reveal expansive marble floors, lustrous timber panelling with smoky mirrors, and a stunning backlit printed glass feature wall. We worked directly with SJB and builders Merkon Construction to develop this 10m long and 2.5m high lightbox, digitally printed with a high resolution marble texture. This arresting feature wall is a perfect match for 720dpi resolution Dip-Tech digital printer, allowing the super high resolution print heads to reproduce the intracacies of the stone texture in super sharp detail.
The final outcome is a life like reproduction that is near impossible to distinguish from an original slab of marble. This solution also comes in at significantly less cost than using stone, and has significantly easier cleaning and maintenance. Back-lit by powerful LEDs, it provides a calming feature for residents moving through the lobby space.
Glass is used thoughtfully throughout the rest of Camberwell Ltd, with timeless black-framed double glazing throughout living areas, bringing in light and encouraging movement towards private balconies, terraces and courtyards. Concealed pelmets for curtains or blinds finish off the seamless integration of glass, which is a core contributor to achieving an average six star energy rating.
Camberwell Ltd sold 75 of the apartments before the launch of the marketing campaign, and the rest of the apartments are now sold out. We like to think it was the printed glass that was the drawcard, but quite clearly it is the sum of all parts – a high quality brief, a preeminent Australian architectural firm, and a material selection perfectly composed and applied to a gorgeous location.