Habitus turns the traditional idea of a residential display suite in on itself, utilising the site’s existing warehouse merely as a blackened stage for the insertion of scenery within.
South Melbourne, AUS
Habitus turns the traditional idea of a residential display suite in on itself, utilising the site’s existing warehouse merely as a blackened stage for the insertion of scenery within. Parading a collection of luxury multi-storey townhouses, the display needed to evoke a grand sense of scale while being unified with its temporary nature. With the warehouse fully enclosed, DKO set out to design a transitory ‘jewellery box’ that could be viewed from both within the wider space and accessed to showcase the dwellings on offer. A two-level ebonised temporary steel structure was created centrally to the arena, with clear glazing to all four sides offering spectacular panoramas of the townhouse within. Full height curtains add diaphanous elegance, subduing natural light from the skylights above and stepping up the sense of theatrical reveal. The ethereal nature of the display suite perfectly demonstrates the abundance of natural light planned within the development. Limited internal walls allow deep visibility through and around, allowing the visitor to view three dimensionally like a sculpture within a gallery. The full-scale kitchen on the ground floor exudes opulence through the use of richly veined marble and textured timber veneer. Monolithic stone slabs balance on finely detailed joinery in a unique expression of pragmatic artistic form. An adjacent kitchen within the warehouse presents an alternate colour palette, becoming an elegant servery during ceremonious sales events. Completing the ground floor experience, a comfortable lounge area displays complimentary deluxe furniture selections. Centrally located, a blackened timber stair rises to the extravagant ensuite bathroom and master bedroom with full height joinery robes. Extensive sky-lighting above the axial circulation space capitalises on existing apertures in the warehouse roof, flooding the exhibit with natural light