Several key factors are vital when choosing an apartment and these are the same principles that ensure lasting value.
Location is one of the most important considerations, with most buyers seeking areas that offer an enhanced lifestyle.
Proximity to cafes, restaurants, shopping and entertainment is high on the wish list for all ages, as are nearby parks, cycling and walking tracks and sports facilities.
The design of the building and the way it responds to, and enhances, the neighbourhood is important, along with well-designed and well-maintained gardens and surroundings.
CV (Camberwell Village) at Camberwell Junction brings together two of Australia’s most prestigious building design firms – architects Elenberg Fraser and the interior design practice of Hecker Guthrie – to create luxury, amenity and functionality in a location that appeals to all ages.
CV comprises two beautifully curved buildings, with premium apartments in CV Tower and apartments with a more youthful appeal in CV One. CV Tower sits atop a podium, which will house offices and have retail outlets, cafes and restaurants at ground level. The quality of the interior design is vital in maintaining an apartment’s value. Just like having a well-known architect for the building, a well-known interior designer experienced in the fit-out of prestigious apartments not only ensures the comfort of the home but contributes to its enduring value.
Luxury, quality, comfort and functionality are expressed in the logic and skill of the layout, in the materials, fittings and finishes and the way the designer has worked with the orientation and architecture of the building. The ideal is an interior with a timeless quality – one that looks as fresh and interesting in several years’ time as it does when new. Cohesion in design philosophy between the interior and the exterior of the building is an intangible element, and one that is “felt” rather than seen.
Hamish Guthrie says the organic forms of the two curved towers at CV were a stronger-than-usual influence on the interior design. “We were responding to the architecture and I hope our work enhances the architecture and vice versa. The building curves and moves in and out, which means that almost every apartment is a bespoke design,” he says.
“But, beyond the response to the architecture, we are creating people’s homes and we put ourselves in the shoes of the clients and think about how they live and what they need. We always go back to that considered approach.”
A significant factor that creates an appealing place to live is the idea of the whole building as the occupant’s home and not just the apartment. “We want people to have the ability to move through the building and use it as they would use their own home,” says Hamish. “We think of the apartment as starting at the front door of the lobby.”
He says the CV lobbies take on a residential scale. “They are comfortable, textural with curves and stone floors, and intimate spaces.”
The 94 apartments of CV Tower, the premium apartments in the development, will offer a choice of classic or contemporary interiors. Both are a finely crafted balance between providing a sophisticated living space with luxurious details and excellent functionality while not restricting the owners in expressing their own taste and personality in art and furnishings.
The classic choice will feature matt oak parquetry floors, antique bronze finishes, 2pac panelled joinery and stone benchtops. Stone floors, chrome finishes, timber veneer wall panelling and integrated joinery will feature in the contemporary choice.
All apartments will have detailed joinery that maximises storage and use of space – including a television zone – and many will have a built-in bar.
CV Tower kitchens come with Gaggenau appliances and will be designed so that, while the layout is open-plan, the preparation and work area is somewhat concealed.
Bathrooms will feature Astra Walker tapware, Duravit basins and toilet suites, and Kaldewei baths. “Quality materials underpin everything about the design in both buildings,” says Hamish.
He says CV One will have a clean and contemporary look and colour schemes will include a striking dark option. In both, abundant natural light and far-reaching views will enhance the appeal of the interiors.
CV Tower offers residents more than just home-sized apartments. Shared facilities include a 20-metre pool, spa, sauna, pool deck with two barbecues, two shared kitchens and dining rooms that enable residents to cater for large functions. Landscaped gardens with quiet seating areas complete the picture.
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